Havel, Czech playwright and president, has died

Vaclav Havel won the Liberty Medal in 1994. "Vaclav Havel inspired the 'velvet revolution' which returned his country in 1989 to democratic liberties, civility and a market economy?.He is a symbol to the world of the successful pursuit of cultural and political freedoms."

December 18, 2011 7:21:09 AM PST
Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule.