Sunday, December 18, 2011
Vaclav Havel, the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia, has died at age 75. Havel led the "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia in 1989, which led to the country's peaceful transition from communism. He was president of the unified country until its peaceful breakup in 1993, into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Havel, along with his contemporary Lech Walesa in Poland, will be remembered as one of the seminal figures leading the democratic transition of former Soviet Bloc countries.