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The demonstration was violently suppressed by Communist officials; as part of their retaliation, the regime immediately destroyed the statue of Thomas Garrigue Masaryk. The next year, a West German homing pigeon was lost near the Czechoslovak border.
It returned two days later, bearing a strong anti-Communist message, signed "Unbowed Pilsen." The bird was named Leaping Lena, and taken to the United States as a celebrity Cold War hero.
This burst of industry had two important effects: the growth of the local Czech (Slavic) population and of the urban poor.
and recruited Bavarian brewer Josef Groll (1813–1887) who produced the first batch of modern Pilsner beer on 5 October 1842.
The combination of pale colour from the new malts, Pilsen's remarkably soft water, Saaz noble hops from nearby Žatec (Saaz in German) and Bavarian-style lagering produced a clear, golden beer which was regarded as a sensation.
During the Thirty Years' War the town was taken by Mansfeld in 1618 after the Siege of Plzeň and it was not recaptured by Imperial troops until 1621. The town was unsuccessfully besieged by the Swedes in 16.
The town and region have been staunchly Catholic despite the Hussite Wars.From the end of the 17th century, the architecture of Plzeň has been influenced by the Baroque style.