Polish American History Calendar -
1944. Warsaw Uprising begins—notto be confused with
Uprising of April 1943, which was restricted to the
of the city.
1943. Eleven Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Nazis in Nowogrodek.
1930. Birth, in
Chicago, of Walter "Li'l Wally" Jagiello. He
revolutionized the polka music industry with the
introduction of the
slower "Chicago style" tempo mixed with his Polish
1899. Birth, in Warsaw, of Apolonia Chalupiec, silent screen
star later known as Pola Negri. (d. 1987).
1899. Birth, in
Warsaw, of poet and novelist Stanislaw
1958. Birth of rock drummer Jerry Augustyniak (10,000
1941. Birthday of Martha (Kostyra) Stewart.
1901. Birth of Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, Primate of
1948-1981, a staunch defender of faith during
Poland's year's under
Phil Niekro inducted into Baseball Hall of
1747. Founding of the first public library in
1924. Death of Jozef Conrad Korzeniowski (Joseph
British and Polish author.
1772. The First Partition of Poland by Prussia,
1977. Record set in
Michigan for world's largest kielbasa, 1.5
long and 3000 lbs.
Feast of the Transfiguration.
1955. As a senator,
John F. Kennedy visits
Poland and makes a
1899. Death of Rudolph Piotrowski in
San Francisco, one of the co-
founders of the Polish Society of
California in 1863 (now the Polish
Club of San Francisco). Captain of Ulani (Uhlans),
the "Virtuti Militari" Cross for bravery, and
participant in the
Polish November Insurrection of 1830-31 against
1944. Poles play important role in Battle of
1915. Birth of Fr. Cornelian Dende, famed director
of the Fr. Justin
1942. Death in Nazi gas chambers at
Auschwitz of St. Teresa
Benedicta (Edith Stein), a Roman Catholic nun born
parents. She was beatified by
Pope John Paul II May 1, 1987, and
canonized October 11, 1998.
1880. Founding of the Polish National Alliance.
1881. Birth of Leon Krzycki, leader of early labor
movements in the
1932. Birth of the "Golden Voice of Polkas," Marion
Chicago. His parents returned to
Poland after his birth, but came
back to Chicago prior to the outbreak of
World War II.
1882. Birth of Wladyslaw Anders, General of the
Polish Army during
World War II. He was commander of the Polish
Forces in the Soviet
Union and commanded the Second Corps in Italy. His greatest
achievement was the successful leadership of the
Polish forces that
took Monte Cassino, Italy.
1912. Birth of Polish American actress
Jean Parker (Little
1950. Birth of self-taught computer genius and Apple
founder Steve Wozniak.
1866. Birth of Gabriel Sovulewski, who helped
National Park, where he is buried.
1838. Birth of Fr. Dominic Kolasinski, who builder
churches in Detroit.
1873. Birth of Jozef Haller, General of Polish units
during World War I. (d. 1960).
1916. Birth of Polish American historian Edward
discovered Pulaski's remains in the Pulaski Monument
Georgia. He is the author of hundreds of
papers and articles on
Polish American achivements.
1980. A strike begins at the Lenin Shipyard in
provoked by the firing of Anna Walentynowicz. Early
economic but also include the return of Anna
Walentynowicz and Lech
Walesa to work, and a memorial to the fallen striker
Gdynia shipyard strikes on the 15th along
1941. Feastday and death in
Auschwitz in 1941 of St. Maximilian
Kolbe, Franciscan father beatified in 1971,
canonized in 1982.
Assumption, also known as Matki Boskiej Zielnej,
Feast of the Lady
of the Herbs. This day is marked in
Poland by a massive pilgrimage
to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
1920. "Cud na Wisla" ("Miracle on the Vistula").
Polish victory over
the Red Army on the Wisla River.
1966. Death of
Jan Kiepura, 64, Polish tenor, in Rye, N.Y.
1959. Death of musician Wanda Landowski, who brought
modern fame to
1941. Largest crowd (135,132) to attend a U.S boxing
Tony (Zalewski) Zale knock out Billy Prior.
Feastday of St. Hyacinth (Sw. Jacek), priest.(1257)
. He is often
depicted carrying the Blessed Sacrament from a
church about the be
pillaged by thge Tartars. He is the patron saint of
pierogi, and the
phrase, "Swiety Jacek z pierogami!," ("St. Hyacinth
pierogi!") is an old expression of surprise, roughly
the American "good grief!" or "holy smokes!"
1882. Birth of motion picture producer and pioneer
1587. Zygmunt Waza elected King of Poland.
1989. Polish president Wojciech Jaruzelski nominates
activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki to post of Prime
Minister, the first non-
communist in Polish power in 42 years.
1940. Polish pilots fight in the Battle of Britain.
1847. Birth of Boleslaw Prus (Glowacki), journalist
who fought in Poland's 1863 Uprising.
Czeslaw Milosz receives Nobel Prize for
1907. Birth of Henry Archacki, founder of the Polish
1584. Death of Humanist poet Jan Kochanowski.
1939. Birth of
Carl "Yaz" Yastrzemski,
Boston Red Sox hitting star.
He won the Triple Crown in 1967, hitting .326 with
44 home runs and
121 RBIs. He won the batting title three times and
played in 18 All-
Star games. Besides his offensive success, he was
best defensive left-fielder of his time.
1989. Coalition government in
Poland under the first non-communist
prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki takes power.
1994. Death of polka music legend Frank Wojnarowski,
age 82, in
Bridgeport, Conn. nursing home.
1905. Birth of Sister Faustyna Kowalski, Saint of
Canonized April 30, 2000.
1915. Birth of International Polka Music Hall of
Fame member and
Buffalo, N.Y. Polish radio pioneer Stan "Stas"
Hamtramck, Mich. (d. Aug. 12, 2005)
1919. Birth of Matt Louis Urban (d. 1995), in
Buffalo, N.Y., the
most decorated combat soldier of
World War II. He was awarded a
total of 29 decorations, virtually every combat
including seven Purple Hearts and the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
1958. Birth of polka musician Robin Pegg (The
Feastday of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski named King of
1596. Christopher Pawlowski leads expedition to
1852. Fr. Leopold Moczygemba arrives at the port of
New Orleans on
the Sea Eagle with four other missionaries recruited
by Bishop John
Odin of the
Galveston, Texas Diocese. Four years later in
Maria, Texas, Moczygemba and a community of
Silesian Poles establish
St. Mary's, the first Polish church in America.
1259. Blessed Bronislawa.
Poland is covered by grasshoppers, which
ravage crops and
cause widespread famine.
1980. Polish trade union Solidarity, led by
electrician Lech Walesa
and others, is founded in Baltic sea port of
Polish American History Calendar -
Here's a list of important Polish American
historical dates for
August (Sierpien) courtesy of the Polish American
Below is a link to the PAJ's web site. I highly
recommend the monthly
Polish American Journal to all those interested in
Sierpien - sierp is "a sickle" used for harvesting
(tool to cut the
hay, grass or wheat)
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Polish American History Calendar -
Here's a list of important Polish American historical
June (Czerwiec) courtesy of the Polish American Journal.
1434. Death of Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello (b. 1348),
the Jagiellonian dynasty of Polish kings.
1979. First pilgrimage of
Pope John Paul II to Poland through June 10.,
1991. Beatification of Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Bishop
1798. Polish playwright and author Julian Niemcewicz
George Washington at Mt. Vernon.
1890. Death of folklorist and ethnographer Oskar Kolberg
1872. Death of famed Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko,
Polish composer best known for his opera "Halka."
1989. First free elections in Poland since World War II.
1674. Jan III Sobieski elected King of Poland.
Paul II begins his fourth trip to
1530. Birth of Jan Kochanowski, Poland's greatest
writer of the Renaissance.
1818. Death of Jan Henryk Dabrowski (b. 1755), Polish
military hero who organized the Polish Legion in
Italy in 1797.
1997. Beatification of Mother Maria Jablonska and Mother
1982. President Reagan and
Pope John Paul II meet in the
1987. Third visit of
John Paul II to
Poland (June 8-14), which
includes prayer at the
Gdansk monument to the fallen shipyard
workers killed during Solidarity rally. Mass at Zaspa is
1.5 million faithful.
1980. St. John Kanty Prep in
Erie, Pa. closes.
1997. Canonization of Queen Jadwiga (Hedwig) in
1922. Joseph (Tykocinski) Tykociner publicly
demonstrates for the
first time that sound movies are possible.
Blessed Bogumil, Archbishop of Gniezno.
1982. Birth of
Tara Lipinski, youngest world ice skating
and gold medal winner at the 1998
1982. Death of Polish-born Marie Lambert, who help
promote ballet in
1659. Dr. Alexander (Kurcyusz) Curtius, Polish educator
physician in the colony of New Amsterdam, arrives in the
1915. Death of Jozef Brandt, painter of portraits and
1907. Stanley (Kiecal) Ketchel wins the middleweight
He holds the title for three years.
1982. Polish labor union Solidarity strikes in
Wroclaw, Nowa Huta,
Gdansk, Poland, in protest of martial law.
1940. First transport of Polish prisoners arrives at
1298. Death of Blessed Jolanta, known for her charitable
sister of Blessed Kinga.
1940. Nazi Germany establishes the Auschwitz death camp
1983. (June 16-23) Second pilgrimage of
John Paul II to
Pope John Paul II canonizes Blessed Kinga at
Nowy Sacz before
a crowd of 650,000 people.
1943. Medal of Honor winner Joseph Sarnoski killed in
1696. Death of Jan III Sobieski, who defeated the Turks
Battle of Chocom near
Vienna, and is credited with saving
from being overrun.
1861. The first telegraph message is sent from an
by Thaddeus Sobieski-Lowe.
1873. Death of Valerian Sulakowski, Polish American
engineer for the Confederacy.
1793. Birth of Aleksander Fredro (d. 1876), Polish
for his comedies.
1918. Birth of Eddie Lopat (Lopatynski) ,
New York Yankees star.
1940. Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski establishes Polish
Sobotka. St. John's Eve. This Polish midsummer festival
origin is celebrated with bonfires and with candlelit
afloat on rivers. It is believed that the forest comes
to life this
1886. Birth of Fr. Justin Figas, OFM, founder of the Fr.
1838. Birth of Polish painter Jan Matejko (d. 1893), who
to have been Poland's greatest. His works are historical
1447. Coronation of Kazimierz Jagiello, son of Wladyslaw
White Eagle made symbol of
1940. Death of Ralph Modjeski (b. 1861 Rudolf
Modrzejewski) , famed
American Polish-born architect and bridge builder.
1927. Birth in
Warsaw, Poland of Gen. John Shalikashvili, U.S.
of Staff in the Clinton Administration.
1919. Treaty of Versailles, making
Poland a free nation, signed by
I.J. Paderewski today.
1941. Death of pianist, composer, and statesman Ignacy
Paderewski, 80, in
New York City.
1964. Most Rev.
Stanislaus Brzana became bishop of Diocese of
Buffalo. First Polish American to do so.
1911. Birth of 1980 Nobel prize winner