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Walesa wins Nobel Peace Prize

1983 - Lech Walesa won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize. Walesa, a shipyard electrician who turned 40 last week, was chosen for his considerable personal sacrifice in helping ignite an unprecedented mass movement for workers’ rights and freedom in a Communist country. The five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee said Walesa has become an exponent of the active longing for peace and freedom in the world.

October 5

1908 - Ferdinand I declares Bulgaria’s independence from Ottoman Empire.

1910 - Portugal overthrows monarchy, proclaims itself a republic.

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