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26 June, 2013
(1881 - 1945)
||Born in Nagyszentmiklós (then part of Hungary, now Romania), 25 March|
||Enters the Budapest Royal Academy of Music|
||Begins the first of his travels around Hungary and neighbouring regions, collecting folk songs and dances|
||Appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music|
||Marries one of his students, Márta Ziegler, by whom he has a son, also named Béla|
||Opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle is first big success|
||Divorces his first wife and marries a concert pianist, Ditta Pásztory, by whom he has a son, Peter|
||Flees fascist Hungary and World War II, emigrating to the U.S. and settling in New York.|
||Dies of leukaemia, in New York on 26 September|