Anna Walentynowicz

 

 

Age: 80

 

Summary: Polish labor leader whose 1980 firing as a crane operator at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk touched off the strike that led to the founding of Solidarity and the unraveling of Communism in Poland.

 

 

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

 

Born: August 13, 1929

 

Died: April 10, 2010

 

Location: Smolensk, Russia