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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
DECEMBER 2017

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Please note: This is an ongoing project of the Polish American Journal. If you know of any dates you think should be listed, please e-mail us at: info@polamjournal.com. We are trying to make this a Polish American chronology without overlooking the important dates in Poland’s history. Any additional information for events listed would be greatly appreciated.

 

December -  Grudzien

1
1945.
Premier of Stanislaw Moniuszko opera “Verbum Nobile,” in Warsaw.

3
1899.
Founding of the Polish Beneficial Association, Philadelphia.

4
St. Barbara
Let everyone remember: as (the weather on) St. Barbara’s Day, so the holidays.

5
1925.
Death of Nobel laureate Wladyslaw S. Reymont.

6
St. Nicholas
Today is traditionally reserved for gift-giving in Poland.
1914. German troops overrun Łódź.

7
1279.
Death of Bolesław V the Chaste

8
1990.
Shipyard electrician and Solidarity Trade Union leader Lech Walęsa elected president of Poland.

11
1779.
Birth of Alexander Zakrzewski (d. 1863), Polish-American lithographer who drew one of the first plans of San Francisco.

13
1570.
Signing of the Treaty of Stettin concludes the Northern Seven Years’ War

15
1575.
Election of Stefan Bátory (1533–1586). Batory was Voivode of Transylvania (1571–76), Prince of Transylvania (1576–86), from 1576 Queen Anna Jagiellon’s husband and jure uxoris King of Poland. Many historians consider him to be one of the greatest of the elected Kings of Poland.

18
1929.
Birth of Cardinal Jozef Glemp.

19
1852.
Birth of Polish Jewish scientist A.A. Michelson, 1907 Nobel Prize winner in Physics..

20
1982.
Death of Chopin advocate and pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

21
St. Thomas
1898.
In Paris, Marie, 31, and Pierre Curie discover radium.

22
1959.
Death of actress Gilda Grey (Maryanna Michalska), popular actress of the 1920s.

23
St. John Kanty
(Cantius). 1473.
1937. Birth of first Polish American astronaut, Karol Bobko.

24
Dzien Wigilijny
Health and good fortune this Vigil!

25
Boze Narodzenie
1025.
Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert

26
St. Stephen
1655.
Swedes withdraw from Poland.

27
St. John the Evangelist
1587.
Coronation of Sigismund III Waza

29
1966.
Celebration of the Polish Millennium of Christianity.

30
1994.
Consecration of Bishop John W. Yanta, D.D., at Panna Maria. He is the first Polish American Texan given this honor.

31
St. Sylvester
1989.
The People’s Republic of Poland becomes the Republic of Poland.

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