May - Maj
“Good mathematicians see analogies.
Great mathematicians see
analogies between analogies.”
— Stefan Banach, considered one of the 20th century’s
most important and influential mathematicians.
St. Joseph the
Labor Day (Poland)
1908. Birth of Krystyna Skarbek, who became a spy for the British Special Operations Executive during World War II.
mountain climbers reach the South Kanchen peak in the Himalayas.
Feast of Mary, Queen
Polish Constitution Day
1846. Birth of Nobel
Prize for Literature winner Henryk Sienkiewicz.
1794. Issuance of Proclamation
of Połaniec by Tadeusz Kościuszko. It partially abolished serfdom in Poland, granting substantial civil liberties to all the peasants.
VE DAY (U.S.)
1667. Death of Marie
Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48).
1573. Henry of
Anjou (Henry Walezy, Henry of Valois), became the first elected king of Poland.
1364. Founding of
1981. Pope John
Paul II shot by a would-be assasin at public audience in St. Peter’s Square.
1942. Founding of
the Polish Institute of Sciences in America, in New York.
1850. Birth of
Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer.
1025. Death of King
Boleslaw Chrobry (Boleslaus the Brave).
1920. Birth of
Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, named Pope John Paul II, October 16, 1978.
1674. John III
Sobieski elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
ARMED FORCES DAY
1881. Birth of Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorski. (d. 1943) He lead the Polish government-in-exile during World War II.
1993. Death of
pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, (right) internationally acclaimed pianist and music teacher whose performances were widely recorded. Horszowski was also a teacher at the Curtis Institute and continued
to teach and perform until shortly before his death in Philadelphia in at the age of 100.
proclaims he wants to move into Poland.
1861. Death of
Capt. Constantine Blandowski, first foreign-born officer to die in the Civil War.
(Poland), Dzień Matki
1993. Death of Andrzej Wasowski, painist, in Washington, D.C.
1981. Death of
Polish Primate and staunch anti-communist Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski.
Memorial Day (U.S.)
1913. Birth of Tony Zale (Zaleski), middleweight champion from 1940-48.
1972. Visit of President Richard Nixon to Poland, the first visit by a U.S. president.