July 5, 1990 |
The country's new Parliament today reelected former dissident playwright Vaclav Havel as president, completing the political transition from communist to democratic rule. He is to serve a two-year term. The immensely popular Havel, running unopposed, was elected with the necessary three-fifths majority in a nationally televised secret ballot. A total of 234 deputies voted for him, and 50 against. There were no abstentions. Sixteen deputies were absent.
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December 18, 2011 |
Vaclav Havel, the former dissident playwright who led Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" against communism and then served as his country's president, died Sunday. He was 75. Havel, a former chain smoker with chronic respiratory problems, had been in failing health the past few months and died at his weekend home in Hradecek in the northern Czech Republic, his assistant, Sabina Tancevova, told the Associated Press. World leaders mourned his death. Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and Solidarity movement founder, called Havel "a great fighter for the freedom of nations and for democracy" whose "voice of wisdom will be missed.
February 22, 1990 |
The new president of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, will be the honored subject of three specials this spring on PBS. New York PBS station WNET will tape "An American Tribute to Vaclav Havel and a Celebration of Democracy in Czechoslovakia" tonight at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. That program is scheduled to air March 1.
February 3, 2004 |
Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, 67, plans to spend several months in the United States this year to give lectures and maybe resume his literary career, an aide said Friday. Havel, who was invited by the Library of Congress, plans to stay from April to July, mostly in Washington. Havel, whose final term as Czech president ended last February, hopes to have enough time during his U.S. stay to start writing again.
July 12, 1989 |
It is easy to walk past the entrance to the apartment block in which Vaclav Havel lives now that he is out of prison again. These old, soot-colored, shabby buildings run along the banks of the River Vltava, upon which Prague is built. But the facades, propped up by tall, thick, wooden scaffolding, are a telling reminder of the decay that has slowly eaten into one of Europe's most elegant cities. Before World War II, a thriving, industrious middle class lived here.
January 5, 1997 |
Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright-turned-president, married a leading stage actress Saturday in a private civil ceremony. Dagmar Veskrnova, 43, who is famous in the Czech Republic for her theater performances, adopted the feminine version of Havel's surname--Havlova, said the president's spokesman, Ladislav Spacek. Accompanied only by Veskrnova's 19-year-old daughter, Nina, and two witnesses, they were married shortly before noon at a municipal hall, Spacek said.