Polish History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 360 of 360

  • 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 Poland's 1st direct presidential 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, including nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities by Soviet-controlled forces revealed
  • 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 - 318 of 318

  • 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