Death of Vaclav Havel

October 5, 1936 - December 18, 2011
Prague | Age 75

Hero of anti-communist revolution has died
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KAREL JANICEK, The Associated Press
PRAGUE (AP) — The end of Czechoslovakia's totalitarian regime was called the Velvet Revolution because of how smooth the transition seemed: Communism dead in a matter of weeks, without a shot fired. But for Vaclav Havel, it was a moment he helped pay for with decades of suffering and struggle.

The dissident playwright spent years in jail but never lost his defiance, or his eloquence, and the government's attempts to crush his will ended up...

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