Polish History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 359

  • 1940-01-23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
  • 1940-01-25 Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • 1940-01-26 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • 1940-02-08 Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 1940-06-14 Auschwitz concentration camp opens in Nazi controlled Poland with Polish POWs (approx. 3 million would die within its walls)
  • 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 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
  • 1941-02-20 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • 1941-05-19 New Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland
  • 1941-06-25 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there
  • 1941-06-27 Bialystok Poland falls to Germany
  • 1941-06-28 German troops occupy Galicia, Poland
  • 1941-07-10 Jedwabne Pogrom is a massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland
  • 1941-09-06 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to their ghetto
  • 1941-09-16 Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 1941-10-15 Jews caught outside Nazi Ghetto walls in occupied Poland could be put to death
  • 1941-12-04 Nazi ordinance places Jews of Poland outside protection of courts
  • 1941-12-08 Chełmno extermination camp opens, 50 kilometres from Łódź, Poland
  • 1942-03-17 Bełżec Concentration Camp opens with the transport of 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews
  • 1942-03-25 1st 700 Jews from Polish Lvov district reach the Bełżec Concentration camp
  • 1942-07-13 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by nazis
  • 1942-07-13 SS shoots 1,500 Jews in Josefov Poland
  • 1942-07-28 Zionists partisans ZOB forms in Poland
  • 1942-08-09 200 Jews escape Mir Ghetto in Poland
  • 1942-08-11 - Sept 30] SS begins exterminating 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland
  • 1942-09-12 Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes
  • 1942-09-30 SS exterminates 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz Poland in 6 week period
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-06-10 Heinrich Himmler ordered the final liquidation of Lodz ghetto in occupied Poland

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1943-07-11 Massacres of Poles in Volhynia.
  • 1943-10-14 600 Jews escape during an uprising at the Nazi concentration Camp in Sobibor, Poland
  • 1944-01-29 World War II: About 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1944-04-28 Stalin meets Polish US priest S Orlemanski

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1944-05-18 Polish 2nd Army corps captures convent of Monte Cassino, Italy
  • 1944-07-17 Soviet troops cross river Bug/march into Poland
  • 1944-07-18 Polish troops under Gen Anders occupy Ancona Italy
  • 1944-07-22 Soviets set up Polish Committee of National Liberation
  • 1944-07-23 Soviet Army marches into Lublin Poland
  • 1944-08-01 Uprising in Warsaw by the Polish resistance Home Army begins
  • 1944-08-06 Deportation of 70,000 Jews from Lodz Poland to Auschwitz begins
  • 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
  • 1945-01-18 Soviet troops capture Krakow, Poland

  • 1945-01-27 Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1945-05-03 1st Polish armour brigade occupies Wilhelmshafen
  • 1945-06-28 Polish Provisional government of National Unity set up by Soviets
  • 1946-07-04 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
  • 1946-07-14 Mass murder of Jews in Kielce, Poland
  • 1947-02-05 Bolewet Beirut becomes President of Poland
  • 1948-09-03 W Gomulka deposed as general secretary of Polish Worker's party
  • 1949-10-22 200 killed in train derailment near Nowy Dwor Poland
  • 1950-04-18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • 1950-06-06 German DR & Poland sign treaty about Oder-Neisse border
  • 1950-07-06 German DR recognizes Oder-Neisse borders with Poland
  • 1950-07-12 ILTF re-admit Germany & Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • 1951-05-15 Polish cultural attache in Paris, Czesław Miłosz, asks the French government for political asylum
  • 1952-07-22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
  • 1953-09-26 Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski
  • 1954-08-31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
  • 1955-05-14 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • 1955-11-15 Poland & Yugoslavia sign trade agreement
  • 1956-03-20 E Ochab succeeds Beirut as 1st secretary of Polish CP
  • 1956-04-06 Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • 1956-06-28 Riots break out in Poznan Poland, 38 die
  • 1956-12-11 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin & Wroclaw Poland
  • 1957-01-20 Gomulka wins Poland's parliamentary election
  • 1957-05-01 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
  • 1959-04-25 Then-bishop Karol Wojtyla's celebrates newly completed Nowa Huta, Poland's first ever Mass at midnight of Christmas morning
  • 1960-02-19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland
  • 1966-01-09 Polish government denies exit visa to Cardinal Wyszynski revisionism
  • 1967-09-11 French president De Gaulle visits Poland
  • 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
  • 1970-03-29 Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna
  • 1970-12-07 West Germany & Poland normalize relations
  • 1970-12-12 Polish government proclaims price rise
  • 1970-12-17 Poland: shipyard workers in Gdansk strike; soldiers in Gdynia fire at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.
  • 1970-12-18 Polish uprising fails
  • 1970-12-20 Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's communist party leader
  • 1972-09-14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • 1974-07-18 World's tallest structure, 646 metre Polish radio mast, completed
  • 1975-08-03 Poland & West Germany reach accord about returning ethnic Germans
  • 1975-08-23 Philip Kapleau conducts 1st jukai ceremony in Poland
  • 1977-05-09 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • 1978-06-27 Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-10-16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1979-06-02 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)
  • 1979-12-13 Strikes against price increases in Gdansk, Poland
  • 1980-03-14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • 1980-05-25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • 1980-07-16 Polish railway workers block railway to Russia
  • 1980-08-14 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 455

  • 1901-07-26 John Bleifer, Polish actor (Highway to Heaven), born in Zawiercie, Poland (d. 1992)
  • 1901-08-03 Stefan Wyszynski, Polish cardinal
  • 1901-10-24 Gilda Gray [Marianna Michalska], Polish-born American actress and dancer, born in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1902-03-28 Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violinist
  • 1902-05-16 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie, Give Us this Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • 1903-01-22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • 1903-05-18 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1904-02-23 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy/founded (CP Palestina)
  • 1904-05-26 Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1904-07-14 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish Yiddish novelist (Enemies-Nobel 1978)
  • 1904-08-04 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography), born in Małoszyce, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1904-11-04 Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (d. 1967)
  • 1904-12-11 Joe Coral [Joseph Kagarlitski], British bookmaker (Gala Coral Group), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 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 Roman Catholic nun and mystic, born in Głogowiec, Poland (d. 1938)
  • 1905-11-17 Wazyk, [Adam Wagman], Polish poet/author (Eyes & Mouth)
  • 1906-02-08 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
  • 1906-04-01 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), born in Poland (d. 1984)
  • 1906-07-26 Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1906-07-27 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and activist (d. 2000)
  • 1907-01-11 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish American rabbi and theologian (d. 1972), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1907-01-13 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse who tried save Izieu children from Nazis), born in Warsaw (d. 1996)
  • 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, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1974)
  • 1908-01-25 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 1909-08-18 Miliza Korjus, Polish actress (Great Waltz), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1980)
  • 1909-08-19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • 1909-09-24 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • 1909-11-10 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, born in Ulyanovsk, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1909-12-24 Adam Rapacki, Polish minister of Foreign Affairs (1956-68)
  • 1910-09-18 Josef Tal, Israeli composer (Israeli art music), born in Pinne, German Poland (d. 2008)
  • 1910-11-18 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist
  • 1911-04-03 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia
  • 1911-05-15 Leo Fuchs, Polish/US Yiddish actor (Galitzianer Cowboy)
  • 1911-06-30 Czeslaw Milosz, Polish/American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980)
  • 1911-07-21 Jozef Cyrankiewicz, premier Poland (1947..70)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1912-03-23 Werner von Braun, German rocket scientist (I Aim at the Stars), born in Wirsitz, Germany (now Wyrzysk, Poland) (d. 1977)

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • 1912-08-29 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian-Polish cinematographer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1913-06-22 Wladyslaw Sila-Nowicki, Polish lawyer (Solidarity)
  • 1914-05-08 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1914-09-24 Andrzej Panufnik, composer (Tragic Overture), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1916-02-14 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer (d. 1957)
  • 1917-06-20 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (d. 2006)
  • 1918-09-22 Henryk Szeryng, Zelazowa Wola Poland, violinist (Brahms Concerto)
  • 1920-01-09 Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician (d. 1999)
  • 1920-01-12 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist
  • 1920-02-26 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (d. 2006)
  • 1920-03-22 Ross Martin, Grodek Poland, actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1920-05-18 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1920-06-02 Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Polish-born cr
  • 1921-03-10 Cec Linder, actor (Goldfinger), born in Galicia, Poland
  • 1921-08-18 Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr., Polish art historian
  • 1921-09-12 Stanislaw Lem, Polish sci-fi author (Solaris, Invincible), born in Lwów, Second Polish Republic (d. 2006)
  • 1922-01-12 Tadeusz Żychiewicz, Polish journalist and art historian (d. 1994)
  • 1922-04-27 Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor
  • 1923-07-02 Wislawa Szymborska, Prowent, Polish poet referred to as the 'Mozart of Poetry' (Nobel 1996), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-07-06 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general/pres (1989-90), born in Karow, (d. 2014)
  • 1923-07-20 Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1923-08-31 Serafina K "Sera" Anstadt, Polish/Dutch actress/author
  • 1923-10-03 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, born in Lvov, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1924-08-01 Georges Charpak, Polish-French Physicist who invented and developed subatomic particle detectors (Nobel Prize for Physics in 1992), born in Paris, France
  • 1924-11-20 Benoit Mandelbrot, mathematician (proved Zipf's law), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1924-12-15 Ida Haendel, Polish violinist/author (Woman with Violin)
  • 1925-05-05 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukranian president (1978-81), born in Rusiv, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • 1925-07-26 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician (d. 2000)
  • 1925-11-19 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), born in Poznań (d. 2017)
  • 1926-03-06 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), born in Suwalki (d. 2016)
  • 1926-05-29 Charles Denner, Tarnow Poland, actor (And Now My Love)
  • 1926-06-26 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, born in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-14 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, born in Włocławku, Poland
  • 1926-10-18 Klaus Kinski, [Nikolas Naksynski], Polish actor (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 1926-11-20 Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-born endocrinologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927-03-08 Stanisław Kania, Polish politician
  • 1927-04-18 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)
  • 1927-05-20 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), born in Krakow (d. 2016)
  • 1927-10-23 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil)
  • 1927-11-03 Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish actor (Ashes and Diamonds), born in Kniaze, Stanislawowskie, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1928-07-26 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa)
  • 1928-10-23 Bella Darvi, [Bayla Wegier], Sosnowiec Poland, actress (Racers)
  • 1928-10-24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer
  • 1928-12-13 Jack Tramiel, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2012)
  • 1928-12-18 Józef Glemp, Polish cardinal
  • 1929-01-11 Wanda Wilkomirska, Polish violinist, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 201 - 300 of 316

  • 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
  • 1973-05-26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974-01-31 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 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)
  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1981-05-28 Stefan Wyszynski, Polish Cardinal, dies
  • 1982-01-19 Leopold Trepper, Polish/Israeli spy (WWII), 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
  • 1983-04-19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), dies at 73
  • 1984-10-19 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • 1985-07-19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • 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 Bashevis Singer, Polish-American 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 American chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1992-09-02 Piotr Jaroszewicz, premier of Poland (1970-80), dies
  • 1993-01-14 Manfred Lachs, Polish lawyer (Intl Court of Justice), dies
  • 1993-05-22 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, dies at 100 (b. 1892)
  • 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 (WWII), 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
  • 1996-09-21 Sabine Zlatin, Polish-born French nurse, who tried save Izieu children from Nazis, dies at 89
  • 1997-01-09 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • 1997-03-14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • 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)
  • 2003-01-27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 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)
  • 2005-02-22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2005-04-02 Pope John Paul II, Polish Roman Catholic Pope, dies of heart failure at 84

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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)
  • 2006-11-28 Lyubov Polishchuk, Russian actress (b. 1949)
  • 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)
  • 2007-11-02 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)
  • 2009-03-08 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • 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