On December 22, 1989, the Communist regime was overthrown and Ceauşescu was executed on Christmas Day.
Another Romanian-born soldier, Eugen Teodoresco, died in the Spanish-American War in 1898.
The first major wave of Romanian immigrants to the United States took place between 18, in which 145,000 Romanians entered the country.
The ancestors of the modern Romanian people managed to preserve their Latin heritage despite Gothic, Slavic, Greek, Hungarian, and Turkish conquests, and the Romanian language has survived as a member of the Romance languages group.
Romania has been subjected to numerous occupations by foreign powers since the Middle Ages.
In 1940, Carol II (1893-1953) was named General Ion Antonescu (1882-1946) premier of Romania, who then forced the monarch to renounce his throne in favor of his son, Michael I (1921– ).