Vaclav Havel

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Just eight days after the Berlin Wall came down in November of 1989, a poet and playwright joined other dissidents in what became Czechoslovakia's anti-Communist "Velvet Revolution." Vaclav Havel died last night at the age of 75.  Having served in prison for resisting Communist Party dogma, Havel became the first elected president of the new democracy created in the aftermath of Soviet control. He is remembered as a statesman who stood up for his convictions.