Lech Walesa Fast Facts

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Publish Date : 2021-04-04


Lech Walesa Fast Facts

Personal

Birth date: September 29, 1943

Birth place: Popowo, Poland



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Father: Boleslaw Walesa, carpenter

Mother: Felicja (Kaminski) Walesa

Marriage: Miroslawa 'Danuta' (Golos) Walesa (1969-present)

Children: Bogdan, Slawek, Przemek, Jarek, Magdalena, Ania, Maria Wiktoria and Brygidka

Military service: Army, Corporal, 1965-1967

Religion: Roman Catholic

Other Facts

His father was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp.

Sent his wife to accept his Nobel Prize, as he feared he would not be allowed to return to Poland.

Timeline

1961-1965 - Works as a car mechanic.

1965-1967 - Serves in the Polish Army.

1967 - Begins working as an electrician at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk.

1970 - During strikes protesting the rise of food prices, 45 shipyard workers are killed. Walesa is one of the leaders of the strike.

1976 - Is fired for his political activities.

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

August 1980 - Leads a strike in the Gdansk shipyard, which spreads across the country. The workers win the right to organize their own union.

September 1980 - The independent trade union Solidarity is formed.

January 1981 - Meets with Pope John Paul II.

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

October 1982 - The Polish parliament passes an act dissolving all unions, including Solidarity.

November 1982 - Walesa is released.

July 1983 - Martial law is lifted.

October 1983 - Is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1987 - Walesa's book, 'A Way of Hope,' is published.

November 1989 - Addresses a joint session of the US Congress.

December 1990 - Is elected president of Poland.

1991 - Walesa's autobiography, 'The Struggle and The Triumph,' is published.

1995 - Founds the Lech Walesa Institute.

November 1995 - Is defeated in the presidential election.

2000 - Is again defeated in the presidential election.

August 2006 - Announces he has quit Solidarity as he opposes the union's support of Poland's current leadership.

February 2008 - Is implanted with a pacemaker at a hospital in Houston.

2009 - Sues Polish President Lech Kaczynski for libel, because of Kaczynski's comments that Walesa was a spy in the 1970s. Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash in April 2010.

July 2012 - At Walesa's invitation, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travels to Poland. Walesa wishes Romney success in the election.

March 2013 - Tells a television reporter that as a minority, gay people have no right to prominent positions in politics, and should sit toward the rear of parliament or even 'behind a wall.' He later refuses to apologize.

July 8, 2017 - Is hospitalized with heart problems in Gdansk.

Timeline October 1982 - The Polish parliament passes an act dissolving all unions, including Solidarity. Other Facts Personal 2009 - Sues Polish President Lech Kaczynski for libel, because of Kaczynski's comments that Walesa was a spy in the 1970s. Kaczynski is killed in a plane crash in April 2010. November 1989 - Addresses a joint session of the US Congress. Birth place: Popowo, Poland 1987 - Walesa's book, 'A Way of Hope,' is published. February 2008 - Is implanted with a pacemaker at a hospital in Houston. September 1980 - The independent trade union Solidarity is formed. 1978 - Works with other activists to form free trade unions. 1976 - Is fired for his political activities. October 1983 - Is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. September 1980 - The independent trade union Solidarity is formed. 1978 - Works with other activists to form free trade unions. His father was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. December 1990 - Is elected president of Poland. July 2012 - At Walesa's invitation, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travels to Poland. Walesa wishes Romney success in the election. 1991 - Walesa's autobiography, 'The Struggle and The Triumph,' is published. Timeline November 1995 - Is defeated in the presidential election. Mother: Felicja (Kaminski) Walesa Sent his wife to accept his Nobel Prize, as he feared he would not be allowed to return to Poland. Sent his wife to accept his Nobel Prize, as he feared he would not be allowed to return to Poland. Sent his wife to accept his Nobel Prize, as he feared he would not be allowed to return to Poland. 1965-1967 - Serves in the Polish Army. Birth place: Popowo, Poland February 2008 - Is implanted with a pacemaker at a hospital in Houston. 1961-1965 - Works as a car mechanic. Birth date: September 29, 1943 1978 - Works with other activists to form free trade unions. 1961-1965 - Works as a car mechanic. Other Facts Timeline Birth place: Popowo, Poland July 2012 - At Walesa's invitation, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travels to Poland. Walesa wishes Romney success in the election. Father: Boleslaw Walesa, carpenter Marriage: Miroslawa 'Danuta' (Golos) Walesa (1969-present) 1961-1965 - Works as a car mechanic. 2000 - Is again defeated in the presidential election. Children: Bogdan, Slawek, Przemek, Jarek, Magdalena, Ania, Maria Wiktoria and Brygidka July 2012 - At Walesa's invitation, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney travels to Poland. Walesa wishes Romney success in the election. February 2008 - Is implanted with a pacemaker at a hospital in Houston.

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