Polish History (Part 6)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 740

  • 1924-12-14 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), born in Peshawar, British India (d. 1988)
  • 1924-12-15 Ida Haendel, Polish-British violinist and author (Woman with Violin), born in Chełm, Poland
  • 1925-04-01 Sala Burton, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-87), born in Białystok, Poland (d. 1987)
  • 1925-07-26 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, born in Częstochowa, Poland (d. 2000)
  • 1925-08-23 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • 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, French actor (The Bride Wore Black, The Man Who Loved Women), born in Tarnów, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 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 [Naksynski], German-Polish actor (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Little Drummer Girl), born in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (d. 1991)
  • 1926-11-20 Andrzej W. Schally, Polish-American endocrinologist (Nobel 1997), born in Wilno, Poland
  • 1927-03-02 Witold Szalonek, Polish composer, born in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1927-03-08 Stanisław Kania, Polish politician
  • 1927-04-18 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), born in Płock, Poland (d. 2013)
  • 1927-04-27 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), born in Hajduki, Poland (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 1928-01-20 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1928-03-28 Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor (Carter), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1928-07-26 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa), born in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1928-09-18 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1928-10-23 Bella Darvi [Bajla Węgier], Polish actress (The Egyptian, Hell and High Water, Racers), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1971)
  • 1928-10-24 Gabriel Laub, Polish writer, born in Bochnia, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 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
  • 1929-06-06 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019)
  • 1929-08-13 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, born in Grudziądz (d. 2006)
  • 1930-01-13 Roman Cieślewicz, Polish French artist, graphic designer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1930-06-13 Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2004)
  • 1930-06-17 Romuald Twardowski, Polish composer, born in Wilno/ Vilnius, Poland
  • 1930-06-20 Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish artist
  • 1930-07-25 Alice Parizeau, Polish-born Quebec writer and essayist, born in Łuniniec, Poland (d. 1990)
  • 1930-09-24 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), born in Skarbanowo, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1930-12-13 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1931-04-27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1931-06-05 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • 1931-06-27 Ryszard Kwiatkowski, Polish composer (Polyphonic Music), born in Jaranów, Włocławek, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1931-08-02 Henryk Schiller, Polish composer, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 2006)
  • 1932-07-17 Wojciech Kilar, Lwów, Second Polish Republic, composer (The Pianist), (d. 2013)
  • 1933-03-10 Bernadetta Matuszczak, Polish composer
  • 1933-06-14 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1991)
  • 1933-08-18 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France
  • 1933-10-13 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1933-11-23 Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"), born in Dębica, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1933-12-06 Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (Symphony No. 3 - Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Czernica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1933-12-17 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Gleiwitz, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1934-01-10 Leonid Kravchuk, Ukrainian politician, born in Wołyń Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1934-01-24 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet, born in Leszno, Poland (d. 1976)
  • 1934-06-20 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 1999)
  • 1934-09-12 Gunther Gebel-Williams, animal trainer and lion tamer (Ringling Bros Circus), born in Świdnica, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1934-11-11 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1935-01-16 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), born in Boże, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1935-10-23 Zbigniew Rudzinski, Polish composer (Mannequins), born in Czechowice, Poland
  • 1936-04-09 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1936-06-27 John Shalikashvili, Polish-American general (NATO), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2011)
  • 1936-07-10 Jan Wincenty Hawel, Polish composer, born in Pszów, Poland
  • 1936-11-26 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1936-12-22 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish actor, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1937-01-01 Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995)
  • 1937-07-18 Roald Hoffmann, Polish-American chemist (Nobel 1981), born in Złoczów, Poland
  • 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, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1937-11-22 Zenon Jankowski, Poland cosmonaut (Soyuz 30 backup)
  • 1938-03-04 Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Polish diplomat and researcher
  • 1938-03-24 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), born in Danzig, Poland (d. 2017)
  • 1938-05-05 Jerzy Skolimowski, Polish film director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938-08-15 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1938-09-19 Zygmunt Krauze, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1939-01-13 Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • 1939-02-18 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • 1939-04-27 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Kraków, born in Raba Wyżna, Poland
  • 1939-05-19 Tomasz Sikorski, Polish minimalist composer (Solitude of Sounds), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1988)
  • 1939-09-23 Janusz Gajos, Polish actor
  • 1939-10-11 Woytec Lowski [Woiciech Wiesidlowski], Polish dancer and ballet master, born in Brzesc, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1940-01-03 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 1940-01-09 Barbara Buczek, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1993)
  • 1940-03-07 Harald Gerlach, German writer, born in Bolesławiec, Poland (d. 2001)
  • 1940-04-19 Genya Ravan, American vocalist (Goldie & the Gingerbreads, Ten Wheel Drive), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1940-10-19 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • 1941-01-21 Ivan Putski, Polish-born American professional wrestler
  • 1941-02-13 Sigmar Polke, German painter, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1941-06-27 Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (The Double Life of Veronique), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1996)
  • 1941-07-10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30), born in Komarovka, Belarus
  • 1941-07-25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer and photographer, born in London
  • 1941-09-10 Pyotr I Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)
  • 1941-09-15 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30), born in Lipniki, Reichskommissariat Ukraine, German-occupied Poland
  • 1941-12-18 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), born in Drogomyśl, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1942-04-03 Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (Janosik), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1942-07-04 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), born in Lyon, France (d. 2008)
  • 1942-07-11 Tomasz Stańko, Polish trumpeter (Astigmatic), born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 2018)
  • 1942-10-26 Dietmar Polaczek, Austrian composer and writer, born in Bendsburg, Upper Silesia (now Będzin, Poland)
  • 1943-02-22 Horst Köhler, German politician, born in Skierbieszów, Poland
  • 1943-05-10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • 1943-06-13 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland
  • 1943-08-11 Krzysztof Meyer, Polish pianist, composer, and music scholar, born in Kraków, Poland

Person of interestLech Wałęsa

1943-09-29 Lech Wałęsa, Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel Peace Prize 1983) and President of Poland (1990-95), born in Popowo, Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa
  • 1943-11-11 Jan Adamski, Polish International Chess Master (1976)

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