Gdańsk in History

Historical Events

  • 1829-04-09 Danzig (Gdańsk) dike break flood kills 1,200
  • 1925-01-05 Under Polish control, Danzig establishes Port Gdańsk post office
  • 1927-02-25 Gdańsk and Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
  • 1933-03-06 Poland occupies the free city of Danzig (Gdańsk)
  • 1935-08-07 60% of voters agrees to Nazism in Danzig (Gdańsk)
  • 1939-03-21 Nazi Germany demands the return of Danzig (Gdańsk) from Poland
  • 1970-12-17 Poland: shipyard workers in Gdańsk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
  • 1979-12-13 Strikes against price increases in Gdańsk, Poland
  • 1980-08-14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • 1980-08-31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, allowing Polish citizens to bring democratic changes within the communist political structure

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 Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
  • 2019-01-14 Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Poland, stabbed on stage at charity event. Dies two days later.

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)
  • 1829-05-30 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1897)
  • 1835-01-05 Friedrich Richard Faltin, Finnish composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 1897-01-05 Theo Mackeben, German pianist & composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami), born in Starogard Gdański, Poland (d. 1953)
  • 1912-08-23 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1957-04-22 Donald Tusk, Polish politician, Prime Minister of Poland (2007-14), President of the European Council 2014-), born in Gdańsk, Poland