His political activities drew the attention of the secret police, and he was imprisoned many times, the longest being nearly four years between 1979 and 1983. During this time he was tortured and suffered from severe depression which led to a heart attack at the age of 45.
Havel also had problems with alcohol during his life. In 1990, after giving a speech in Prague's Letná Park in which he called for democratic reform in Communist Czechoslovakia, he fell into a coma due to alcohol poisoning. He died eight days later at the age of 57.
Here are some other important dates for you to know about Havel:
January 1, 1991 - The Velvet Revolution begins when citizens protest against plans to merge Czech and Slovak countries together. Citizens demand a referendum be held on the issue.
November 17, 1993 - A new government is formed after parliamentary elections are held following the collapse of Communist rule in Europe. Václav Klaus, who went on to become the first president of the newly created Czech Republic, votes against joining Russia's nuclear arsenal.
May 15, 2000 - President Vladimir Putin signs a law extending state protection to Havel's remains.
Havel's Civic Forum party was a driving force behind the Velvet Revolution, which brought communism to an end in Czechoslovakia in 1989. The revolution started when citizens took to the streets in protest against their country's communist rulers.
Havel became one of the most prominent critics of communism worldwide and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. He died in December 1996 at the age of 60 after suffering from cancer for more than a year.
During his lifetime, Vaclav Havel was referred to as "the most famous citizen of Czechoslovakia." His wife, Olga Havlová, is also a notable figure in her own right. They had two children together before they divorced in 1975. After that, Olga married again, this time to Stanislav Shwartsman, who was also a leading figure in the Charter 77 movement during communism. They too had two children before divorcing in 1992.
Vaclav and Olga Havel were married from 1963 to 1970. She has written several books about their life together including Two souls : a memoir by Olga Havlová and notes by Vaclav Havel.
Vaclav Havel once said of his marriage: "We weren't really meant for each other but we made something work.
52 months pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 52 months in jail in 1993. He was eventually sentenced to 44 months in prison before being released in June 1997. His wife, Dina, filed for divorce after his arrest. She got the marriage annulled shortly after he went to jail.
Stew Leonard was born on August 4th, 1945 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was raised by his parents in San Diego, California until they died when he was just 11 years old. He had one brother named Dave who was two years older than him. After losing his parents at such a young age, Stew decided that he didn't want to live under the same roof as anyone else so he moved in with an uncle who had his own place.
It wasn't long before Stew started getting into trouble with the law. At the age of 18, he was arrested for stealing cars. When he was released from jail, he stole more cars and sold them for money to buy drugs. Within three years, he was arrested again for armed robbery, this time of a grocery store where he held a worker at gunpoint while another employee called the police. He was sent back to jail for eight years.
After being caught on weapons possession charges in 1989, he got a five-year probationary term. He was jailed the next year for breaking his probation. The following year, he was accused with cocaine trafficking in North Carolina and reportedly spent nine months in jail while awaiting bail. Finally, in 1991, after serving three years of his five-year sentence, Jackson was released.
His incarceration apparently had a negative impact on his career. After his release, he decided to retire from music altogether until 1996, when he came back with an album that sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
In addition to this, several other scandals have rocked the music industry during his lifetime: disco diva Donna Summer alleged sexual harassment by Jackson in a 1993 court case that resulted in him paying her $20 million; also in 1993, another lawsuit was filed against him for allegedly causing emotional distress to two women by grabbing their breasts and buttocks without their consent; finally, in 2004, he denied allegations made by several women that they had been molested by him when they were children.
As if this wasn't enough, in 2009, he was charged with felony child molestation involving three young boys. He eventually pleaded not guilty and was acquitted in 2013.
In conclusion, Michael Jackson was a musical genius and one of the best-selling artists of all time. His influence on popular music is undeniable.