Gdańsk in History

Historical Events

  • 1829-04-09 Danzig (Gdansk) dike break flood kills 1,200
  • 1925-01-05 Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdansk post office
  • 1933-03-06 Poland occupies free city Danzig (Gdansk)
  • 1935-08-07 60% of voters agrees to nazism in Danzig (Gdansk)
  • 1939-03-21 Nazi Germany demands the return of Gdansk (Danzig) from Poland
  • 1970-12-17 Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
  • 1979-12-13 Strikes against price increases in Gdansk, Poland
  • 1980-08-14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • 1980-08-31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980-09-17 Polish workers under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa found the Solidarity movement at the Gdańsk Shipyard

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 1994-05-02 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 32 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • 1616-02-28 Kaspar Förster, German composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1727-03-14 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, German composer, born in Danzig (Gdańsk), Royal Prussia (d. 1756)
  • 1766-07-09 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, born in Gdańsk, Royal Prussia, Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (d. 1838)
  • 1865-10-04 Max Halbe, German playwright (Jugend), born in Güttland, Gdańsk (d. 1944)
  • 1880-07-03 Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1912-08-23 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1997)