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Lech Walesa is a former President of Poland and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Find more on his life in this brief biography.
Lech WalesaHow to Cite
Famous as: Former President of Poland
Born on: 29 September 1943
Born in: Popowo, Poland
Zodiac Sign: Libra Famous Libras
Works & Achievements: Nobel Peace Prize (1983); Known For his Struggle as Trade Union Activist and Human Rights Activist
Lech Walesa is a former president of Poland and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner. He is also a humanitarian and a co founder of 'Solidarity', the Soviet's bloc's first independent union and was appointed its first chairman. The prime objective of the organization was to secure worker's rights including the right to strike and to organize their own independent unions for which Walesa, along with his colleagues and co workers, organized and led the free non-communist trade unions and gained support from across the country. A former trade union and human right activist, Lech Walesa served Poland as its President for 5 years beginning from 1990 till 1995 until he was defeated in the next presidential elections because of his strategies that were not acceptable to the country. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the light of his distinguished service in 1983.
LECH WALESA TIMELINE
Lech Walesa was born on 29 September 1943.
He took up a job of car mechanic.
Lech Walesa married Danuta Golos in 1969.
He joined Lenin Shipyard as an electrical technician.
He became leader of the strikes held by workers.
He eventually lost his job in 1976.
Lech Walesa began to organize Free Trade Unions.
He became the leader of the occupational strikes held in the Lenin Shipyard.
Martial law was declared in the country on 13 December and Walesa was imprisoned.
Walesa was released from the prison on14 November 1982.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Walesa organized the Citizenship Committee of the Chairman of Solidarity Trade Union.
He became the first recipient of the liberty Medal which was awarded on 4 July 1989.
Lech Walesa was sworn in as the President of Poland on 9 December.
He lost the 1995 presidential election.
Walesa organized a new party called Solidarity Electoral Action in 1997.
Walesa further lost the presidential election in 2000.
He was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award in 2001.
Walesa represented Europe in the opening ceremony of the XIX Olympic Winter Games.
He was awarded the title ‘Defender of Faith’ on 30 May.
He had a pacemaker implanted in his heart on 27 February 2008.