February 7, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d delivered U.S. economic encouragement to the struggling new government of Czechoslovakia yesterday as thousands of Czechoslovaks protested the presence of Soviet troops. President Vaclav Havel told Baker of his determination to get Soviet troops out of his country quickly and to reduce the size of the Czechoslovak armed forces. Baker, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the Eastern European country since 1973, offered trade incentives, financial assistance and technical expertise.
September 21, 2008 |
With a career spanning four decades, from 1967's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to Rock 'n' Roll, which opened on Broadway last season and has its local premiere at the Wilma Theater on Wednesday, Tom Stoppard is considered by many to be the greatest living English-language playwright. Though he believes that there is no need for more Stoppard-on-Stoppard, and that his plays should just be "out there," he agreed to a phone interview from London because "I love the Wilma.
June 6, 1989 |
Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua will leave Saturday for a trip to Czechoslovakia, where relations between the Catholic Church and the communist regime are the worst of any country in Eastern Europe. The archbishop said in an interview yesterday that Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek, the archbishop of Prague, invited him last year to make the trip. The journey is "solely a pastoral visit" to take part in various religious ceremonies, not a diplomatic mission for the Vatican, Archbishop Bevilacqua said.
February 13, 1992 |
Petr Rosol scored with 3 minutes, 18 seconds to play last night to lift Czechoslovakia to a historic 4-3 upset of the former Soviet hockey machine in the first contest between two serious medal contenders in the 12-nation Olympic tournament. Czechoslovakia, which had not beaten the Russian rivals in the Olympics since 1968, raised its record to 3-0 with the win over the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) squad, skating in Meribel under the Unified Team designation. "Because of the Olympic system it's only one game.
July 3, 1991 |
Some cardinals, and some pilgrims, came the hard way. Hundreds of Philadelphia area residents have celebrated, in health and prosperity, the elevation of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua this past week. Meanwhile, a half-dozen Slovak- Americans from New Jersey have joined with their poor, brown-bag Slovak kin for a much more emotional journey. They are the cousins of Cardinal Jan Chryzostom Korec of Nitro, Czechoslovakia - one of several new princes of the Catholic Church in Bevilacqua's Class of '91 whose stories read like lives of the saints.
December 11, 2012
Karel Vas, 96, a prosecutor who came to symbolize unlawful trials during the post-1948 communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, has died. Czech public television reported that Mr. Vas died Saturday in a home for retirees in Prague where he had lived. Details were not available. During World War II, he moved to the Soviet Union where he began to collaborate with dictator Josef Stalin's much-feared secret police. Historians say Mr. Vas one of the state prosecutors who played a key role in show trials that used fabricated evidence to hand out death sentences to opponents of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
February 22, 1992 |
Ray LeBlanc and his teammates' attempt to win the bronze medal in ice hockey will be televised live by CBS (Channel 10) at 3 p.m. today. The United States, which fell, 5-2, to the Unified Team yesterday, will meet Czechoslovakia, a 4-2 loser to Canada. The U.S. team (5-1-1) is looking for its first medal since winning the gold in 1980. It finished seventh in 1984 and 1988. Czechoslovakia (5-2), the only team to beat the Unified Team in this tournament, won a silver medal in 1984, but slumped to sixth in 1988.
February 19, 1988 |
American hockey fans should root for the Soviet Union to defeat West Germany tonight at the Olympic Saddledome. A victory by West Germany would severely damage the United States' chances of getting into the medal round. But if the Soviets win and the U.S. team defeats Norway, the third and last medal-round berth from Pool B could be determined by Sunday's meeting between the United States and West Germany. There are many possibilities, but in the two most likely scenarios, the United States would have to defeat West Germany by two or more goals Sunday, or simply win the game.
February 18, 1988 |
Unbeaten West Germany took a major step toward the Olympic hockey medal round with a come-from-behind, 3-1 victory over winless but surprisingly tough Austria yesterday in Calgary. Helmut Steiger broke a 1-1 tie with his third goal of the Olympics 38 seconds into the second period, while West Germany had a two-man advantage. The sixth-seeded West Germans (3-0) still must play the second-seeded Soviet Union and the seventh-seeded United States in their remaining two games before the six-team medal round.
February 9, 2012 |
Ilona Tkach Keller fled her native Czechoslovakia in the 1940s and became a successful businesswoman here, but in 1980 she saw fire destroy her first Northeast Philadelphia restaurant. After recovering from that loss, she opened Ilona Keller's Dugan's Restaurant & Banquets and, over the decades, watched it become a Roosevelt Boulevard landmark. "I like to take chances," she told Inquirer columnist Tom Fox in 1981. "If I didn't take chances, I would still be living under Russian tyranny.