Polish History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 361 of 361

  • 1980-07-16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia
  • 1980-08-14 In Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • 1980-08-24 Jozef Pinkovski replaces Poland premier Babiuch
  • 1980-08-31 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish goverment
  • 1980-09-05 Poland party leader Edward Gierek resigns
  • 1980-10-24 Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity
  • 1980-10-31 Polish government recognizes Solidarity trade union
  • 1980-11-10 Poland acknowledges Solidarity union
  • 1981-02-11 Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
  • 1981-07-18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • 1981-08-01 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
  • 1981-10-18 Poland General Jaruzelski elected party leader
  • 1981-12-13 Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists
  • 1981-12-19 Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador to the United States defects to show support for the Solidarity movement amid a crackdown

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1982-01-01 Pope John Paul II prays for an end to martial law in Poland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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1985-12-04 French President Mitterrand receives Polish leader Jaruzelski

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand

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1987-02-19 US President Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 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
  • 1989-04-05 Solidarity grants legal status in Poland
  • 1989-04-17 Polish labor union granted legal status
  • 1989-06-04 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • 1989-08-19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • 1989-09-21 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • 1989-11-22 Aneta Kreglicka of Poland, 24, crowned 39th Miss World

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1990-08-17 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990-11-25 Lech Walesa wins in Poland's first popular election
  • 1990-11-26 Premier Mazowiecki of Poland resigns
  • 1990-12-09 Lech Walesa wins presidental election in Poland
  • 1990-12-22 Lech Walesa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
  • 1991-01-04 Jan Krzystof Bielecki becomes premier of Poland
  • 1991-03-20 US forgives $2 billion in loans to Poland
  • 1991-04-15 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:11:06 and Wanda Panfil of Poland 1st woman in 2:24:18
  • 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
  • 1993-09-17 Last Russian troops leave Poland.
  • 1993-09-19 Parliamentary election in Poland
  • 1994-05-02 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 32 killed
  • 1995-03-01 Jozef Oleksy succeeds Waldemar Pawlak on as premier of Poland
  • 1997-07-08 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • 1999-03-12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 2002-12-13 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 2004-05-01 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 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.
  • 2007-12-21 The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
  • 2010-04-10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.

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2010-05-22 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 2012-03-03 Two trains crash in Szczekociny, Poland, with 16 people dead and up to 50 injured
  • 2014-09-15 Ewa Kopacz becomes Prime Minister of Poland
  • 2015-06-21 Hackers ground 1400 passengers by attacking IT system at Warsaw Chopin airport in Poland

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 461

  • 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)
  • 1933-08-18 Roman Polanski, Poland, director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates)
  • 1933-11-23 Krzysztof Penderecki, Debica Poland, composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima")
  • 1934-01-24 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet (d. 1976)
  • 1934-11-11 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Poland, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 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
  • 1937-09-30 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1937-10-07 Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician
  • 1937-11-22 Zenon Jankowski, Poland cosmonaut (Soyuz 30 backup)
  • 1938-03-04 Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
  • 1938-05-05 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 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
  • 1940-10-19 Jerzy Kulej, Poland, light welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-01-21 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • 1941-06-27 Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland, director/actor (Underground Passage)
  • 1941-07-10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Poland, cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)
  • 1941-07-25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer
  • 1941-09-10 Pyotr I Klimuk, Poland, cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)
  • 1941-09-15 Miroslav Hermazewski, Poland, cosmonaut (Soyuz 30)
  • 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)
  • 1943-06-13 Edward Skorek, Poland, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1943-09-29 Lech Walesa, Popowo Poland, Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel 1983)
  • 1943-11-11 Jan Adamski, Poland, International Chess Master (1976)
  • 1945-02-27 Daniel Olbrychski, Poland, actor (La Truite)
  • 1945-06-21 Adam Zagajewski, Polish philosopher, poet
  • 1946-05-25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • 1946-07-21 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Poland, lightweight (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1946-10-01 Eva Klobukowska, Poland, relay sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 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
  • 1948-01-07 Kaz Lux, Poland/Netherland, singer
  • 1948-06-21 Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer
  • 1948-09-01 Józef Życiński, Polish archbishop and philosopher
  • 1948-11-28 Agnieszka Holland, actress/director (Europa Europa), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1949-06-08 Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 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
  • 1951-04-30 Panuta Rosani, Poland, discus (Olympic 1976) drug disqualified
  • 1952-08-03 Wojtek Fibak, Poland, tennis star
  • 1952-08-06 Wojiech Fortuna, Poland, ski jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1953-03-04 Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • 1954-06-13 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician
  • 1954-11-15 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • 1955-03-10 Juliusz Machulski, Poland, director/writer/actor (Do It Yourself)
  • 1955-05-20 Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
  • 1956-03-03 Zbigniew Boniek, Polish footballer
  • 1956-12-05 Krystian Zimerman, Polish pianist
  • 1957-01-01 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
  • 1957-01-02 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • 1957-04-22 Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister
  • 1957-06-01 Dorota Kędzierzawska, Polish film director
  • 1958-02-04 Tomasz Pacyński, Polish writer
  • 1959-09-30 Basia Trzetrzelevska, Poland, jazz singer (Time & Life)
  • 1959-12-20 Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Prime Minister of Poland
  • 1961-08-19 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 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
  • 1966-12-02 Anita Jokiel, Poland, gymnist (Olympic-1980)
  • 1967-12-14 Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer
  • 1968-01-05 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • 1968-07-30 Robert Korzeniowski, Polish athlete
  • 1969-01-13 Katarzyna Nowak, Lodz Poland, tennis star (1994 Futures France)
  • 1970-06-05 Izabella Scorupco, Bialystok Poland, actress (Golden Eye)
  • 1970-12-14 Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer
  • 1971-12-30 Thomas Strzalkowski, Krakow Poland, US fencer-sabre (Olympics-96)
  • 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
  • 1973-03-23 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

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 319 of 319

  • 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
  • 2014-05-25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • 2015-01-07 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88
  • 2016-08-01 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87