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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
1972Organized a petition for a release of political prisoners.
1975Wrote an open letter to President Gustav Husak, criticizing the government.
1977Co-founded the Charter 77 human rights initiative and was one of its original spokesmen, with Jan Patocka and Jiri Hajek.
1978Member of the Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Prosecuted (VONS).
1977 - 89Imprisoned several times for his beliefs, his longest prison term lasting from 1979 to 1983.
1989Emerged as one of the leaders of the November opposition movement, also known as the Velvet Revolution, which brought about the end of Communist rule.
Elected President of Czechoslovakia on December 29.
1990The new, freely elected Parliament re-elected him on July 5. As President of the Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, he established new relationships with many world leaders and helped lay the foundations for Czechoslovakia's new foreign policy. Olga Havlová founded the Olga Havel Foundation, which provides humanitarian assistance to people with long-term health problems.
1992Resigned from the federal presidency on July 20, after it became clear that the federation was heading for dissolution.
1993Elected first President of the Czech Republic on January 26.