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Vaclav Havel - Biography in dates

Vaclav Havel, writer and statesman, the last Czechoslovak and first Czech President, was born in Prague on October 5 1936 into a prominent businessman's family. Parents: Vaclav M. Havel and Bozena Havlova (nee Vavreckova). Vaclav Havel has one brother Ivan. He died on December 18th, 2011.
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Václav Havel
1951Completed his primary schooling. Because of his "bourgeois" background, options for higher education were limited in the communist-ruled Czechoslovakia.
1951 - 55Worked as a chemical laboratory technician while attending evening classes at a high school from which he graduated in 1954.
1955 - 57Studied at the Economics Faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague.
1957 - 59Military service in the Czechoslovak Army. First literary works.
1960Began working at Prague's Theatre on the Balustrade, first as a stagehand and later as an assistant director and literary manager, till summer 1968.
1962 - 66Studied dramatic art theory at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, had his first plays produced, achieving first major international success.
1964Married Olga Splichalova.
1968Played an active role in democratization and renewal of culture during the era of reforms, known as Prague Spring, which ended with the Warsaw Pact invasion in August 1968. Actively opposed the invasion and the resulting hard-line Communist policies.
Chairman of the Circle of Independent Writers. Member of the Czech PEN-Center Committee.
1969His work banned in Czechoslovakia. Moved from Prague to the country, continued his activities against the Communist regime, including hosting concerts of banned music.