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Lech Wałęsa

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa

Profession: Polish Politician and Labor Activist


Biography: Co-founded and headed Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union.

Wałęsa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.

Born: September 29, 1943
Birthplace: Popowo, Poland
Age: 78 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1969-09-08 Polish politician and trade-union organizer Lech Wałęsa (25) weds Danuta Golos (20)

Historical Events

  • 1980-09-17 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard
  • 1981-01-15 Pope John Paul II receives Lech Wałęsa and Solidarity delegation at the Vatican
  • 1982-11-14 Polish Solidarity chairman Lech Wałęsa freed
  • 1983-06-23 Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa meets Pope John Paul II during papal visit to Poland
  • 1983-10-05 Lech Wałęsa wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1983-12-10 Danuta Walesa, wife of Lech Wałęsa, accepts his Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1989-02-06 Solidarity union leader Lech Wałęsa begins negotiating with Polish government
  • 1990-11-25 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's first popular election
  • 1990-12-09 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's 1st direct presidential election in Poland
  • 1990-12-22 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president

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