Vaclav Havel; although he'd spent his career as a playwrite, he became a political dissident in his native Czechoslovakia and became his country's last president and the first president of the Czech Republic. He serves as an icon of the Velvet Revolution.
Velvet Revolution 1989, Czechoslovakia
Czech President Vaclav Havel flashes the V-sign as he greets people attending a concert held in Prague at Venceslas Square 20 November 1999 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the end of the communist rule in former Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic and Slovakia marked 20 November the 10th anniversary of the 'Velvet Revolution'.