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Václav Havel

Politician and Author Václav Havel
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Profession: Politician and Author

Czech Republic

Biography: 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.

Born: October 5, 1936
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra

Died: December 18, 2011 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1997-01-04 Czech Republic's first president Vaclav Havel (60) weds Czech actress Dagmar Havlova (43) in Prague, Czech Republic

Historical Events

  • 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

Quotes by Václav Havel

  • "The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility."

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