Lech Walesa Fast Facts | CNN


Let’s take a look at the life of former Polish president Lech Walesa.

Date of birth: September 29, 1943

Birthplace: Poland, Popowo

Father: Boleslaw Walesa, carpenter

mother: Felicia (Kaminsky) Walesa

marriage: Miroslawa “Danuta” (Golos) Walesa (1969-present)

child: Bogdan, Sulawek, Pshemek, Jarek, Magdalena, Ania, Maria Victoria, Brigidka

Military service: Army, Corporal, 1965-1967

religion: catholic roman

His father was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

sent his wife to receive him Nobel Prizehe feared that he would not be allowed to return to Poland.

1961-1965 – I work as an auto mechanic.

1965-1967- Served in the Polish Army.

1967- Began working as an electrical engineer at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.

1970- 45 shipyard workers were killed during a strike to protest rising food prices. Walesa is one of the leaders of the strike.

1976- Dismissed for political activities.

1978- Work with other activists to form free trade unions.

From August 1980 Leading strikes at the Gdansk shipyards across the country. Workers win the right to organize their own unions.

September 1980- An independent trade union solidarity is formed.

From January 1981 meet with Pope John Paul II.

From December 1981 Walesa be arrested. Martial law is imposed across the country.

From October 1982 The Polish parliament passes a bill dissolving all unions, including Solidarity.

From November 1982 Walesa has been released.

From July 1983 martial law is lifted.

October 1983- Has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1987- Walesa’s book “A Way of Hope” has been published.

From November 1989 Speak at a joint session of the US Congress.

December 1990- Elected President of Poland.

1991- Walesa’s autobiography, Struggle and Victory, is published.

1995- established Lev Walesa Institute.

From November 1995 Lost in presidential election.

the year of 2000 – Lost again in presidential election.

From August 2006 Announces resignation from Solidarity due to opposition to union support for Poland’s current leadership.

From February 2008 A pacemaker is implanted at a Houston hospital.

2009- Walesa sues Polish President Lech Kaczynski for defamation over Kaczynski’s comments that he was a spy in the 1970s. Kaczynski died in his plane crash in April 2010.

From July 2012 At Walesa’s invitation, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travel to poland Walesa wishes her success in Romney’s election.

From March 2013 He tells TV reporters that gays are a minority, have no right to hold important positions in politics, and must sit behind parliament or “behind the wall.” He later refuses to apologize.

From July 8, 2017 Hospitalized with heart disease in Gdansk.

From January 21, 2022 Walesa announces he tested positive COVID19.

Source: www.cnn.com

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