Profession: Politician and Author
Why Famous: With his Civic Forum party, Havel was a major figure in the Velvet Revolution that overthrew communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989. Also well known for his plays, essays and memoirs.
After the Czech-Slovak split in 1993, he served as the President of the Czech Republic from 1993-2003.
- 1997-01-04 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic
- 1988-01-16 Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government
- 1989-12-29 Václav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the Federal Assembly shortly after the Velvet Revolution
- 1992-07-20 Václav Havel resigns as President of Czechoslovakia after Slovakia declares independence
- 1993-02-02 Václav Havel becomes the first president of an independent Czech Republic, after the split with Slovakia