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HitlerApr 28, 1939

StalinApr 28, 1944

John Paul IIOct 16, 1978

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Polish - Historical Events
Date Event
972-06-24

Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces; Mieszko I of Poland decisively defeated Odo I of Lusatia

1227-11-23

Polish Prince Leszek I the White is assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gąsawa.

1410-07-15

Battle of Grunwald (2nd Battle of Tannenburg), one of the largest battles of medieval Europe, during Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War. Polish King Władysław Jagiełło (Jogaila) and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas led defeat against Teutonic Ulrich von Jungingen

1454-03-06

Thirteen Years' War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledge allegiance to Casimir IV of Poland, and the Polish king agrees to help in their struggle for independence from the Teutonic Knights.

1454-09-18

In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army is defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years' War.

1481-08-30

2 Latvian monarchs executed for conspiracy to Polish king Casimir IV

1514-09-08

Battle of Orsha: Polish/Lithuania army defeat the Russian army

1570-04-14

Polish Calvinists/Lutherians/Hernhutters unify against Jesuits

1573-05-09

Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king

1574-06-18

Polish King Hendrik of Anjou secretly leaves Poland

1575-12-14

Polish Parliament selects Istvan Bathory as king of Poland

1577-12-16

Danzig surrenders to troops of Polish king Istvan Bathory

1594-02-19

Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.

1605-09-27

The armies of Sweden are utterly defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.

1610-02-14

Polish king Sigismund III, Forges Dimitri #2 & Romanov family sign covenant against Tsar Vasili Shushki

1610-06-24

Battle of Klushino: King Sigismund II's Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth army beats Russia & Sweden

1610-08-27

Polish King Wladyslaw crowned king of Russia

1634-03-01

Battle at Smolensk: Polish King Wladyslaw IV beats Russians

1648-06-24

Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews & 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine

1651-06-30

The Deluge: Khmelnytsky Uprising - the Battle of Beresteczko ends with a Polish victory.

1655-07-31

Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.

1656-06-20

Polish King Jan II Casimir recaptures Warsaw

1667-01-30

Treaty/Truce of Andrusovo signed between Tsardom of Russia & Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

1668-09-19

Polish king John II Kazimierz resigns/goes to France

1669-06-19

Polish parliament selects Litouwer Michael Wisniopwiecki as king

1673-11-11

Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.

1683-09-09

Expelled Polish & Lotharings reach Wienerwald

1697-06-27

Polish parliament selects monarch August of Saxony as king

1716-11-03

Pacification Treaty of Warsaw: Tsar Peter the Great guarantees Saxon monarch August I's Polish kingdom

1724-12-07

Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

1733-09-12

Polish Landowners select Stanislaw Lesczynski king

1733-09-22

Polish King Lesczynski flees to Danzig

1773-10-14

The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in Poland.

1791-05-03

The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1795-03-28

Partitions of Poland: The Duchy of Courland, a northern fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ceases to exist and becomes part of Imperial Russia.

1831-02-20

Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow

1832-02-26

Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Tsar Nicholas I

1846-02-23

Polish revolutionaries march on Kraków, but are defeated

1851-03-07

Poll tax levied on Russo-Polish Jews entering Austrian Galicia ends

1902-06-05

Kaiser Wilhelm II responds to growing demands from Polish and other Slavic peoples living within German territory by calling for more 'Germanization' of the slavs

1905-10-20

Russian Tsar allows Polish people to speak Polish

1906-06-14

Pogrom against Jews in Bialystok, Polish Russia

1913-11-26

Russian kingdom forbids Polish congregation of speakers

1918-11-13

Stahlhelm forms (anti communist/Polish/French) in Magdenburg

1918-11-21

Polish soldiers organize a pogrom against Jews of Galicia Poland

1918-11-22

Polish forces attack Jewish community of Lemberg (Lvov)

1919-02-14

The Polish-Soviet War begins.

1919-04-05

Polish Army executes 35 young Jews

1919-04-20

Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army

1920-02-10

Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.

1920-04-24

Polish troops attack Ukraine

1920-05-05

Polish troops occupy Kiev

1922-09-23

Gdynia Seaport Construction Act passed by the Polish parliament.

1922-12-01

Polish state chief marshal Jozef Pilsudski resigns

1922-12-09

Gabriel Narutowicz elected Polish president

1922-12-20

Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president

1923-12-10

Polish government of Grabski forms

1925-01-05

Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office

1927-02-25

Gdanks & Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor

1932-09-11

Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura, Polish Challenge 1932 winners, are killed in a plane crash when their RWD 6 crashes into the ground during a storm.

1934-01-26

German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed.

1935-04-23

Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted.

1936-06-18

Polish parliament gives pres Ignacy Moscicki dictatorial power

1939-04-28

Hitler claims German-Polish non-attack treaty still in effect

1939-08-27

Nazi Germany demands Danzig & Polish corridor

1939-08-31

Staged "Polish" assault on radio station in Gleiwitz

1939-09-18

Polish government of Moscicki flees to Romania

1939-09-28

Soviet-German treaty agree on 4th partition of Poland (WW II) & gives Lithuania to USSR, last Polish troops surrender

1939-10-04

Last Polish troops surrender

1939-10-06

Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.

1939-10-26

Polish Jews forced into obligatory work service

1939-12-01

SS-Fuhrer Himmler begins deportation of Polish Jews

1940-01-23

Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile

1940-01-26

Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains

1940-06-14

Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would eventually be killed )

1940-06-22

SS rounds up 31 German/Polish/Dutch Jews in Roermond, Netherlands

1940-08-20

1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

1941-02-20

Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation

1942-03-17

Belzec Concentration Camp opens-30,000 Lublin Polish Jews transported

1942-03-25

700 Jews of Polish Lvov-district reach Belzec Concentration camp

1942-03-26

1st 700 Jews from Polish Lvov-district reach concentration camp Belzec

1942-07-13

5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by nazis

1943-04-13

Nazis discover mass grave of Polish officers near Katyn

1943-04-27

Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London

1944-04-28

Stalin meets Polish/US priest S Orlemanski

1944-05-18

Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino Italy

1944-07-18

Polish troops under Gen Anders occupy Ancona Italy

1944-07-22

Soviets set up Polish Committee of National Liberation

1944-08-07

Canada/Polish offensive direction Falaise: Total Cooperation

1944-08-08

Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan

1944-08-19

Polish 1st Division occupies Hill 262 (Mont Ormel), Normandy

1944-08-19

US 90th/Polish 1st Division occupy Chambois, Normandy

1944-09-20

Polish forces free Terneuzen Neth

1944-09-22

Operation Market Garden: Polish paratroopers land at Driel

1944-09-26

British & Polish paratroopers evacuate Oosterbeek (Arnhem)

1944-10-29

1st Polish Armoured Division liberates Breda, Netherlands

1945-01-17

The devastated city of Warsaw is cleared of German resistance by the Russians and a Polish unit fighting with them

1945-05-03

1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen

1945-06-28

Polish Provisional government of National Unity set up by Soviets

1948-09-03

W Gomulka deposed as general secretary of Polish Worker's party

1950-04-18

Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations

1951-05-15

The Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum.

1953-09-26

Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski

1956-03-20

E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP

1956-04-06

Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison

1966-01-09

Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism

1968-04-11

Polish Marshal Spychalski succeeds Ochab as president

1969-10-16

Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series

1970-12-12

Polish government proclaims price rise

1970-12-18

Polish uprising fails

1974-07-18

World's tallest structure, 646-m Polish radio mast, completed

1978-06-27

Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station

1978-10-16

Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

1980-03-14

Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)

1980-07-16

Polish railway workers block railway to Russia

1980-08-31

Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish goverment

1980-10-24

Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

1980-10-31

Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union

1981-02-11

Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski

1981-12-13

Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists

1982-09-06

Polish dissidents seize Polish Embassy in Bern, Switzerland

1982-11-14

Polish Solidarity chairman Lech Walesa freed

1983-07-21

Polish government ends 19 months of martial law

1985-02-13

Polish police arrests 7 Solidarity leaders

1985-12-04

French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

1987-05-09

183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw

1988-09-26

Polish communist party picks propaganda chief Rakowski as new PM

1989-02-06

Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa begins negotiating with Polish government

1989-04-17

Polish labor union granted legal status

1993-01-14

Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die

1993-01-24

Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed

1993-05-28

Polish government of Suchocka falls

2005-11-25

Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.

2010-04-10

Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.

2010-05-22

Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

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Polish - Notable Birthdays

Nicolaus CopernicusFeb 19, 1473

Frederic ChopinMar 1, 1810

Polish - Birthdays
Date Event
1458-10-05

Kazimierz de Saint, Polish ruler/saint

1473-02-19

Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń Royal Prussia, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1480-06-01

Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (d. 1550)

1585-11-01

Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (d. 1652)

1595-02-24

Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet

1603-11-16

Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (d. 1673)

1612-06-25

John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (d. 1634)

1623-08-23

Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (d. 1675)

1700-09-30

Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (d. 1773)

1713-10-08

Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist (d. 1793)

1726-10-16

Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)

1746-02-04

Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Lithuanian and American National hero and general (d. 1817)

1750-02-28

Ignacy Potocki, Polish foreign minister

1756-08-29

Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician (d. 1830)

1757-02-06

Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz, Polish scholar and statesman. (d. 1841)

1763-05-07

Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general/marshal of France (d. 1813)

1768-10-26

Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (d. 1844)

1768-11-30

Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist and biologist (d. 1838)

1775-06-13

Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician and musician (d. 1833)

1777-03-09

Alexander Orlowski, Polish painter/cartoonist/graphic artist

1777-11-02

Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor (d. 1822)

1778-01-03

Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (d. 1861)

1778-12-28

Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)

1793-07-20

Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski)

1797-07-20

Sir Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist (d. 1873)

1800-05-06

Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat and general (d. 1881)

1800-06-23

Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and social activist (d. 1846)

1806-02-22

Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)

1809-08-23

Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Trip to H Land)

1810-03-01

Frederic Chopin, Zelazowa Wola, (baptismal records 22nd Feb) Polish/French pianist/composer (Concert in F Minor)

1819-05-05

Stanislaw Moniuszko, Polish composer

1821-09-24

Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda)

1822-03-08

Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Polish inventor (d. 1882)

1822-10-29

Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (d. 1902)

1826-07-24

Ivan Bloch, Polish military theorist and peace activist (d. 1902)

1829-09-06

Marie Zakrzewska, Polish physician (d. 1902)

1834-07-01

Jadwiga Łuszczewska, Polish poet (d. 1908)

1841-06-06

Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (d.1910)

1845-08-20

St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic Saint (d. 1916)

1845-10-28

Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (d. 1888)

1846-01-29

Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (d. 1915)

1847-08-20

Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (d. 1912)

1850-01-14

Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor

1857-09-13

Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (d. 1937)

1857-11-02

Joseph F F Babinski, Polish/French neurologist (Babinski reflex)

1863-04-29

Maria Theresa Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (d. 1922)

1865-02-12

Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland)

1865-04-17

Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (d. 1939)

1866-10-07

Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (d. 1942)

1866-12-28

Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian and diplomat (d. 1935)

1867-10-25

Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general (d.1937)

1867-11-04

Tomasz Arciszewski, Polish Prime Minister 1944-47

1867-12-05

Józef Piłsudski, Polish revolutionary and statesman (d. 1935)

1868-01-07

Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist

1869-01-15

Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist (d. 1907)

1869-12-01

Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)

1870-01-13

Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/conductor (St Moniuszko)

1870-12-25

Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics industrialist (d. 1965)

1872-03-08

Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (d. 1918)

1872-03-18

Anna Held, Polish actress and singer (d. 1918)

1872-05-28

Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)

1874-04-08

Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)

1874-05-10

Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (d. 1941)

1874-08-15

Joseph Klausner, Polish/Israeli new testament expert

1876-01-20

Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)

1876-05-27

Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (d. 1945)

1878-11-14

Leopold Staff, Polish poet (d. 1957)

1878-12-21

Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)

1879-07-03

Alfred Korzybski, Polish linguist (d. 1950)

1879-10-18

Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer

1881-01-17

Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)

1881-02-21

Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player

1881-04-18

Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter

1881-07-05

Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal

1882-01-15

Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist (Polish Peasant in Europe)

1882-03-14

Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (d. 1969)

1882-08-08

Ladislas Starevich, Polish animator (d. 1965)

1882-12-12

Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theory)

1884-11-06

Ludomir Rozycki, Polish composer/conductor (Meduza, Eros i Psyche)

1885-02-24

Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)

1885-02-24

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)

1885-04-15

Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)

1885-06-20

Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)

1887-02-21

Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player

1887-02-26

Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)

1888-04-04

Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (d. 1975)

1888-06-12

Zygmunt Janiszewski, Polish mathematician (d. 1920)

1889-10-06

Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Noce I Dnie)

1890-08-17

Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator (d. 1920)

1891-01-03

Osip E Mandelstam, Polish/Russian poet/author (Kamenj) [NS=Jan 15]

1891-01-22

Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La Souris Boiteuse)

1891-05-03

Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet (d. 1969)

1891-08-22

Jacques Lipchitz, Polish/French/US painter/cubist sculptor

1892-03-11

Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II)

1892-03-31

Stanislav Wladyslaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major/commandant

1892-06-23

Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist

1892-07-12

Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1942)

1892-08-11

Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general

1893-02-05

Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica)

1894-01-08

St Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (d. 1941)

1894-01-09

Henryk Stazewski, Polish abstract painter/graphic artist

1894-07-15

Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer and inventor (d. 1989)

1894-09-13

Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (d. 1953)

1894-12-31

Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish/US actress (Madame Dubarry)

1895-06-26

Jankel Adler, Polish painter

1895-11-15

Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)

1896-02-02

Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)

1897-01-03

Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupec], Polish/US actress (Madame Bovary)

1897-02-22

Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)

1898-04-01

Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish writer (Stolica)

1898-05-16

Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)

1898-08-15

Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)

1898-08-20

Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physicist (Whom the God's Love)

1899-02-20

Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)

1899-03-13

Jan Lechoń, Polish poet (d. 1956)

1899-04-16

Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)

1899-06-22

Michal Kalecki, Polish economist

1899-12-28

Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (d. 1943)

1900-03-21

Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor

1900-06-06

Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (d. 1957)

1900-06-28

Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Kordian into Cham)

1901-01-13

Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (d. 1978)

1901-03-05

Julian Przybos, Polish poet (Sruby)

1901-07-17

Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (d. 1938)

1901-08-03

Stefan Wyszynski, Polish cardinal

1901-10-24

Gilda Gray, Polish-born American actress and dancer (d. 1959)

1902-03-28

Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violinist

1903-01-22

Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)

1904-02-23

Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)

1904-05-26

Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)

1904-08-04

Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography)

1904-11-04

Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)

1905-01-01

Stanisław Mazur, Lemberg, Western Ukraine, Polish mathematician (d. 1981)

1905-01-23

Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges)

1905-02-06

Władysław Gomułka, Polish communist leader (d. 1982)

1905-08-25

Faustina Kowalska, Polish mystic (d. 1938)

1905-11-17

Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)

1906-02-08

Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)

1906-07-26

Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence (d. 1943)

1906-07-27

Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and activist (d. 2000)

1907-04-03

Isaac Deutscher, Polish/English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography)

1907-12-23

Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)

1907-12-28

Roman Palester, Polish composer: The Weichsel

1908-01-18

Jacob Bronowski, Łódź, Poland, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man

1908-12-31

Simon Wiesenthal, Polish/Austrian nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center)

1909-04-13

Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)

1909-06-01

Szymon Goldberg, Polish/US violinist/conductor (Neth Chamber orch)

1909-09-24

Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)

1909-11-10

Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian (d. 1970)

1909-12-24

Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68)

1910-11-18

Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist

1911-05-15

Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Galitzianer Cowboy)

1911-06-30

Czeslaw Milosz, Polish/American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980)

1911-11-26

Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster/prodigy

1911-12-05

Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist (d. 2000)

1912-02-19

Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)

1912-08-29

Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian/Polish cinematographer

1912-09-17

Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedian

1913-01-06

Edward Gierek, party leader (Polish CP)

1913-02-27

Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (d. 1989)

1914-05-08

Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)

1917-06-20

Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)

1920-01-09

Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician (d. 1999)

1920-01-12

Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist

1920-01-31

Bhupendra Kapoor, Boot Polish

1920-02-26

Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)

1920-06-02

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Polish-born cr

1921-08-18

Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian

1922-01-12

Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and art historian (d. 1994)

1922-04-27

Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor

1923-07-06

Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general/pres (1989-90)

1923-07-20

Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (d. 2005)

1923-08-31

Serafina K "Sera" Anstadt, Polish/Dutch actress/author

1924-08-01

Georges Charpak, Paris, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992)

1924-12-15

Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)

1925-07-26

Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician (d. 2000)

1925-08-20

Jan Krok-Paszkowski, Polish

1925-11-19

Zygmunt Bauman, Polish Sociologist

1926-11-20

Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-born endocrinologist, Nobel laureate

1927-03-15

Stanisław Kania, Polish politician

1927-05-20

Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal

1927-10-23

Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil)

1928-07-26

Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa)

1928-10-24

Gabriel Laub, Polish writer

1928-12-18

Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal

1930-06-13

Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel (d. 2004)

1930-06-20

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist

1930-07-25

Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and essayist (d. 1990)

1930-09-24

Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (d. 1998)

1931-06-05

Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher

1932-07-17

Wojciech Kilar, Lwów, Second Polish Republic, composer (The Pianist), (d. 2013)

1933-05-26

Rudi Falkenhagen, The Polish Bride

1933-11-25

Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer (Die Teufel von Loudon)

1934-01-24

Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)

1936-06-27

John MD "Shali" Shalikashvili, Polish/US general (NATO)

1936-12-22

Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor (d. 1969)

1937-01-01

Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)

1937-07-18

Roald Hoffman, Polish-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate

1937-10-07

Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician

1938-03-04

Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher

1938-08-15

Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer

1939-01-13

Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach

1939-02-18

Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor

1939-04-27

Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish Cardinal

1939-09-23

Janusz Gajos, Polish actor

1941-01-21

Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler

1941-07-25

Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer

1941-09-15

Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut

1942-04-03

Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (d. 2005)

1942-07-04

Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (d. 2008)

1943-03-02

Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)

1943-05-10

Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)

1943-09-29

Lech Walesa, Popowo Poland, Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel 1983)

1944-08-20

Kumari Naaz, Boot Polish

1945-06-21

Adam Zagajewski, Polish philosopher, poet

1945-11-07

Antonio Barrio, The Little Polish

1946-10-17

Adam Michnik, Polish activist

1947-03-30

Ryszard Kotla, Polish travel writer and activist, tour guide, journalist, academic teacher, engineer

1948-01-04

Eugeniusz Wycisło, Polish politician

1948-06-21

Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer

1948-09-01

Józef Życiński, Polish archbishop and philosopher

1949-06-08

Emanuel Ax, Polish-born pianist

1949-06-18

Lech Kaczyński, Polish president, 2005-2010

1950-04-08

Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer

1950-09-13

Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician

1950-10-31

Jozef Stolorz, polish art painter

1953-03-04

Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer

1954-06-13

Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician

1955-05-20

Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer

1955-11-10

Martín Bianchedi, The Little Polish

1956-03-03

Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer

1956-07-27

Hakim Traidia, The Polish Bride

1956-12-05

Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist

1957-01-01

Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress

1957-04-22

Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister

1957-06-01

Dorota Kędzierzawska, Polish film director

1958-02-04

Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer

1958-02-11

Jaap Spijkers, The Polish Bride

1962-02-04

Alfred Twardecki, Polish historian

1962-03-09

Jan Furtok, Polish footballer

1962-06-04

Zenon Jaskuła, Polish cyclist

1963-02-23

Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician

1963-03-04

Barbara Bubula, Polish politician

1963-05-08

Izabela Kloc, Polish politician

1964-07-14

Marc Bary, The Polish Bride

1967-12-14

Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer

1968-01-05

Andrew Golota, Polish boxer

1968-07-30

Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete

1970-10-30

Mark Polish, Twin Falls Idaho

1970-10-30

Michael Polish, The Astronaut Farmer

1970-12-14

Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer

1972-05-10

Radosław Majdan, Polish footballer

1972-06-05

Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor

1972-08-02

Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer

1972-11-14

Edyta Górniak, Polish singer

1972-12-01

Norbert Wójtowicz, Polish historian and theologian

1973-01-11

Joanna Brodzik, Polish actress

1973-03-18

Gail Marlow, Polish Wedding

1973-03-23

Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer

1973-03-24

Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer

1973-06-13

Kasia Kowalska, Polish pop rock singer

1973-06-26

Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor

1974-02-03

Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer

1974-03-20

Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer

1975-12-20

Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer

1976-04-22

Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer

1976-05-15

Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer

1976-07-16

Tomasz Kuchar, Polish Rally driver

1976-07-17

Dagmara Dominczyk, Polish actress

1976-09-12

Maciej Żurawski, Polish footballer

1976-11-12

Mirosław Szymkowiak, Polish footballer

1976-12-13

Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer

1977-01-31

Maciej Radziwanowski, Polish Roulette

1977-02-07

Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor

1977-02-20

Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer

1977-06-07

Marcin Baszczyński, Polish football player

1977-06-10

Adam Darski, Polish musician most known for being the leader of Behemoth

1977-06-27

Arkadiusz Radomski, Polish footbaler

1977-08-30

Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer

1977-12-03

Adam Małysz, Polish ski-jumper

1978-08-03

Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer

1978-11-29

Ludwika Paleta, Polish-born actress

1978-12-30

Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer

1979-01-12

Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer

1979-05-18

Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer

1979-12-27

Sam Huntley, Polish Your Shoes

1980-01-13

Krzysztof Czerwinski, Polish conductor and organist

1980-02-20

Artur Boruc, Polish footballer

1980-02-28

Piotr Giza, Polish footballer

1980-06-04

Alicja Janosz, Polish singer

1981-01-09

Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer

1981-01-21

Izabella Miko, Polish-born actress and model

1981-04-09

Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer

1981-05-06

Edyta Sliwinska, Polish professional dancer

1981-06-30

Karolina Sadalska, Polish kayaker

1981-08-28

Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter

1981-11-22

Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer

1982-03-20

Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer

1982-05-05

Edyta Sliwinska, Polish ballroom dancer

1982-05-16

Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player

1982-07-10

Sebastian Mila, Polish footballer

1982-9-11

Santino Ramos, Mind Polish: Master Hubbard's Special Reserve

1983-03-18

Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer

1983-04-21

Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer

1983-12-09

Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer

1983-12-13

Otylia Jędrzejczak, Polish swimmer

1984-01-24

Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)

1984-02-15

Dorota Rabczewska, Polish singer (Virgin)

1984-11-10

Ramsey Krull, Polish Wedding

1984-12-07

Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver

1985-03-08

Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer

1985-04-18

Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer

1985-06-04

Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer

1985-06-11

Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel

1985-06-30

Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist

1985-07-09

Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer

1985-12-14

Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer

1986-02-24

Wojtek Wolski, Polish Ice hockey player

1986-03-14

Joshua R. Drake, Polish Bar

1987-04-30

Radzimir Debski, Polish Kitsch Project

1987-05-24

Dominika Kasprzycka, Polish singer

1987-10-17

Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer

1988-02-22

Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer

1988-08-29

Abel Ayala, The Little Polish

1990-02-15

Erwin Sak, Polish footballer

1997-12-14

Jasper Polish, The Astronaut Farmer

1998-10-18

Julia Wróblewska, Polish actress

1999-03-13

Wiktoria Gąsiewska, Polish actress

Polish - Weddings
Date Event
1576-05-01

Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1725-09-05

French King Louis XV marries Polish princess Mary Lesczynski

1920-02-10

Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.

1969-09-08

Polish politician and trade-union organizer Lech Walesa (25) weds Danuta Golos (20)

2006-07-26

"The Da Vinci Code" actor Jean Reno (58) weds Polish model Zofia Borucka (35) at the city hall in Baux-de-Provence

2013-08-31

"Blue Crush" actress Kate Bosworth (30) weds director Michael Polish (42) in Philipsburg, Montana

Polish - Notable Deaths

Frederic ChopinOct 17, 1849

Joseph ConradAug 3, 1924

Ignacy Jan PaderewskiJun 29, 1941

Samuel GoldwynJan 31, 1974

John Paul IIApr 2, 2005

Polish - Deaths
Date Event
992-11-25

Mieszko I, Polish advisor to Pope John XV, dies

1079-05-09

Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Kraków, murdered

1223-03-08

Wincenty Kadłubek, Polish chronicler (b. 1161)

1279-04-13

Boleslaw the Pious, Polish duke

1531-05-19

Jan Łaski, Polish statesman and diplomat (b. 1456)

1545-08-27

Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)

1550-10-23

Tiedemann Giese, Polish Catholic bishop (b. 1480)

1558-11-12

Shalom Shakna ben Joseph, Rabbi (founder of 1st Polish Yeshiva), dies

1560-01-28

John a Lasco, [John Laski], Polish nobleman/reformed theologist, dies

1579-08-05

Stanislaus Hosius, Polish Catholic cardinal (b. 1504)

1584-08-22

Jan Kochanowski, Polish writer (b. 1530)

1596-09-09

Anna Jagiellon, Polish Queen

1598-02-10

Anna van Bull, 1st wife of Polish/Swedish king Sigismund II, dies

1603-06-27

Jan Dymitr Solikowski, Polish archbishop and diplomat (b. 1539)

1612-09-27

Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76

1620-10-07

Stanisław Żółkiewski, Polish military leader (b. 1547)

1620-11-07

Hetman Stanisław Żólkiewski polish commander in the Battle of Ţuţora (1620) (b. 1547)

1621-06-21

Kryštof Harant, Polish soldier, writer, and composer (b. 1564)

1621-09-24

Jan Karol Chodkiewicz, Polish military commander (b. 1560)

1627-03-06

Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)

1634-12-29

John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (b. 1612)

1636-10-19

Marcin Kazanowski, Polish politician

1636-12-09

Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)

1640-04-02

Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45

1651-11-20

Mikołaj Potocki, Polish soldier (b. 1595)

1652-11-21

Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)

1657-05-16

Andrzej Bobola, Polish Jesuit missionary (b. 1591)

1657-08-06

Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble

1673-03-20

Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)

1675-05-18

Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)

1696-07-09

Waclaw Potocki, Polish poet (Wojna Chocimska), dies

1749-05-24

Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman

1760-05-22

Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)

1773-08-03

Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (b. 1700)

1779-10-11

Casimir Pułaski, Polish born fighter for American independence (b. 1745) dies in Battle of Savannah

1793-04-29

Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi (b. 1713)

1801-02-07

Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (b. 1726)

1804-04-03

Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish priest (b. 1727/1728)

1809-08-30

Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies

1812-02-24

Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61

1813-10-19

Josef Poniatovski, Polish gen/marshal of France, dies in battle

1814-10-01

Jakob I van Przysucha, Polish hassidic leader, dies

1816-02-06

Maria Ludwika Rzewuska, Polish szlachcianka (b. 1744)

1817-10-15

Tadeusz AB Kosciusko, Polish lt-general/freedom fighter, dies

1822-09-11

Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor (b. 1777)

1833-04-07

Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Lithuanian/Polish composer, dies at 57

1844-12-02

Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (b. 1768)

1846-05-23

Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (b. 1778)

1846-11-06

Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and activist (b. 1800)

1849-10-17

Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39

1855-11-26

Adam B Mickiewicz, Polish poet (Polish Legion), dies at 56

1856-01-24

Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir, Polish Hasidic leader (b. 1775)

1859-02-23

Zygmunt Krasiński, Polish Romantic poet (b. 1812)

1861-10-05

Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)

1873-10-06

Sir Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist (b. 1797)

1875-06-02

Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (b. 1806)

1876-07-15

Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Zemstra), dies at 82

1880-03-31

Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violist/composer, dies at 44

1881-03-26

Roman Sanguszko, Polish aristocrat (b. 1800)

1883-05-23

Cyprian K Norwid, Polish painter/poet/playwright (Wanda), dies

1888-04-16

Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist (b. 1845)

1902-07-22

Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (b. 1822)

1907-11-28

Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter, and architect (b. 1869)

1909-04-09

Helena Modrzejewska, Polish-American actress (b. 1840)

1909-07-09

Kasimir Felix Badeni, Premier of Polish/Austria (1895-97), dies at 62

1910-05-18

Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (b.1841)

1912-05-19

Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (b. 1847)

1915-03-24

Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)

1916-11-15

Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel laureate (b. 1846)

1916-12-25

St. Albert Chmielowski, Polish Catholic saint (b. 1845)

1917-04-14

Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof, Polish doc/linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57

1917-09-05

Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (b. 1872)

1918-08-12

Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (b. 1872)

1920-08-06

Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)

1920-11-08

Salomon Anski, Russian/Polish yiddish author (Dibboek), dies at 57

1922-07-06

Maria Theresa Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (b. 1863)

1924-08-03

Joseph Conrad, Polish/British writer (Heart of Darkness), dies at 66

1925-03-04

Moritz Moszkowski, Polish/German composer, dies at 70

1928-11-13

Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist, dies at 60

1932-09-11

Franciszek Zwirko and Stanislaw Wigura, Polish pilots (Żwirko b. 1895 Wigura b. 1901)

1932-10-29

Joseph F F Babinski, Polish/French neurologist (B-Reflex), dies

1934-01-12

Pawel Kochanski, Polish violinist, composer and arranger (b. 1887)

1934-07-04

Marie Skłodowska-Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, 1st woman to win Nobel Prize (1903, 1911) dies at 66 of radiation poisoning

1935-05-12

Josef Pilsudski, Polish dictator (1926-35), dies

1935-05-12

Józef Piłsudski, Polish statesman (b. 1867)

1935-05-15

Kazimir Malevich, Polish/Ukrainian artist (b. 1878)

1935-06-22

Szymon Askenazy, Polish historian, diplomat and politician (b. 1866)

1937-03-29

Karol Szymanowski, Polish/Ukraine composer (Stabat Mater), dies at 54

1937-04-25

Michał Drzymała, Polish rebel (b. 1857)

1937-10-26

Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general (b. 1867)

1938-09-17

Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)

1938-10-05

Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)

1939-01-02

Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)

1939-05-29

Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)

1939-09-18

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)

1940-01-18

Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74

1940-11-22

Waclaw Berent, Polish novelist, dies at 67

1941-06-29

Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80

1941-07-04

Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)

1941-07-08

Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)

1941-08-14

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)

1942-01-21

Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72

1942-07-23

Adam Czerniakow, Polish engineer (suicide) (b. 1880)

1942-11-19

Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (shot) (b. 1892)

1942-12-13

Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)

1943-03-30

Jan Bytnar, Polish activist (b. 1921)

1943-03-30

Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, Polish activist (b. 1920)

1943-10-04

Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence (b. 1906)

1943-10-07

Eugeniusz Bodo, Polish actor (b. 1899)

1943-10-17

Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)

1945-01-03

Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (b. 1879)

1946-01-07

Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)

1946-07-26

Morris Hirshfield, Polish/US painter, dies

1947-03-28

Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)

1947-07-09

Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)

1948-10-22

Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal, dies

1953-04-29

Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62

1953-06-10

Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73

1953-12-06

Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48

1953-12-27

Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)

1955-11-16

Tomasz Arciszewski, Polish premier (1944-47), dies at 88

1956-02-05

Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

1957-05-31

Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)

1957-07-10

Sholem Asch, Polish/Israeli writer (East River), dies at 77

1957-12-02

Manfred Sakel, Polish psychiatrist (b. 1902)

1958-03-23

Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76

1958-10-27

Joseph Klausner, Polish/Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84

1958-11-27

Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor/composer, dies at 66

1959-08-16

Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)

1960-03-02

Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)

1961-03-14

Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (opening theorist), dies at 78

1961-10-04

Max Weber, Polish/Russ/US painter, dies

1962-08-01

Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

1963-03-29

Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64

1965-04-01

Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer (b. 1870)

1965-05-19

Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies

1966-02-15

Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)

1966-07-02

Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)

1967-01-08

Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (See You Tommorrow), dies at 39

1967-08-19

Isaac Deutscher, Polish/Eng historian (Stalin-biography), dies at 60

1967-09-11

Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (b. 1904)

1969-07-24

Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64

1969-08-09

Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)

1969-10-21

Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (b. 1882)

1970-05-12

Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78

1970-06-29

Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica), dies at 77

1970-08-19

Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian (b. 1909)

1970-10-10

Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Maritime (1956-68), dies at 60

1972-02-21

Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)

1972-12-23

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65

1973-03-06

Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72

1973-05-28

Jacques Lipchitz, Polish/French/US art critic sculptor, dies at 81

1974-01-31

Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

1974-08-22

Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66

1975-10-24

Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)

1976-07-04

Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)

1976-09-02

Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)

1978-02-21

Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)

1980-03-16

Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)

1981-05-28

Stefan Wyszynski, Polish Cardinal, dies

1982-01-19

Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WW II), dies at 77

1982-06-14

Marie Rambert, [Cyviam Ramberg], Polish/British ballerina, dies at 94

1982-09-01

Wladislaw Gomulka, Polish partisan/party leader, dies at 76

1982-12-09

Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violist, dies at 80

1984-10-19

Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered

1985-07-19

Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer (b. 1938)

1986-11-15

Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89

1988-03-08

Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)

1988-10-19

Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77

1988-12-04

Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)

1989-01-29

Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)

1989-05-03

Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)

1989-07-19

Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (b. 1913)

1991-07-24

Isaac B Singer, Polish/US writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87

1991-08-10

Josef Lipski, Polish politician, dies

1991-09-08

Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies

1992-04-04

Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-born chess grandmaster, dies at 80

1992-04-05

Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster, dies at 80

1993-01-14

Manfred Lachs, Polish lawyer (Intl Court of Justice), dies

1993-05-22

Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist (Carnegie Hall), dies at 100

1993-07-19

Szymon Goldberg, Polish violinist/conductor, dies at 84

1993-07-30

Edward B A M Raczynski, Polish pres-in-exile (1979-86), dies at 97

1993-09-10

Rita Karin, Polish-Latvia/US actress (Sophie's Choice), dies at 73

1993-10-01

Reizl Bozyk, Polish/US actress (Crossing Delancey), dies at 79

1994-02-06

Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84

1994-02-07

Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (b. 1913)

1994-08-16

Earnest Pawel, Polish/US author (Nightmare of Reason), dies at 74

1994-08-20

Kalman Kahana, Polish co-founder of state Israel, dies at 81

1994-08-31

Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88

1994-10-28

Sjlomo Goren, Polish/Israeli supreme rabbi, dies

1994-12-11

Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WW II), dies at 102

1994-12-31

Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Story of Ruth), dies at 83

1996-08-01

Tadeusz Reichstein, Polish/Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 99

1998-08-17

Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)

1998-08-17

Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)

1998-09-01

Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)

1998-12-11

André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)

1999-01-14

Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)

2000-04-28

Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician (b. 1925)

2000-05-27

Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)

2000-07-04

Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)

2000-09-14

Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and activist (b. 1906)

2001-02-18

Balthus, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)

2001-07-29

Edward Gierek, Polish politician (b. 1913)

2004-01-17

Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)

2004-04-05

Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)

2004-05-07

Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)

2004-08-14

Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)

2005-01-08

Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)

2005-01-20

Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)

2005-01-25

Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b. 1923)

2005-01-26

Rudi Falkenhagen, The Polish Bride

2005-02-22

Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)

2005-04-02

Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope (b. 1920)

2005-04-20

Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)

2005-05-30

Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer (b. 1958)

2005-08-20

Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)

2005-08-31

Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)

2005-09-20

Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)

2005-10-11

Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)

2005-11-17

Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (b. 1942)

2006-01-18

Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)

2006-02-20

Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)

2006-03-04

Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)

2006-03-27

Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)

2006-05-23

Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)

2006-05-24

Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)

2006-06-16

Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (b. 1917)

2007-01-23

Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)

2007-01-24

Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)

2007-03-04

Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)

2007-10-23

Jan Krok-Paszkowski, Polish

2007-11-02

Witold Kiełtyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)

2007-12-27

Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)

2008-01-22

Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)

2008-02-04

Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)

2008-05-12

Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)

2008-07-13

Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)

2008-09-28

Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)

2008-12-03

Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)

2009-07-14

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)

2009-07-17

Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)

2010-04-10

Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90

2010-04-10

Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67

2010-04-10

Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60

2010-09-29

Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors, dies at 86

2010-10-14

Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-born American mathematician (b. 1924)

2010-11-12

Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (b. 1933)

2010-11-23

Ingrid Pitt, Polish-born British actress (b. 1937)

2011-05-27

Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)

2011-08-05

Andrzej Lepper, former Polish Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1954)

2012-02-01

Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88

2012-04-08

Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83

2012-07-13

Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71

2013-04-11

Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96

2013-12-29

Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer, dies from cancer at 81

2016-08-03

Polish Cardinal Franciszek Macharski dies aged 89

2016-10-10

Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda dies aged 90

2017-04-22

Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz dies, aged 86.


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