February — Luty
1733. Death of August II the Strong.
1899. Death of painter Juliusz Kossak (b. 1824).
1746. Birth of Polish and American patriot, freedom fighter and military engineer Thaddeus
1810, Birth of Marcin Odlanicki Poczobutt, Polish–Lithuanian Jesuit astronomer and
mathematician. He was professor of Vilnius University for over 50 years, serving as its rector form 1780 to 1799. The Poczobutt crater on the Moon is named after him.
(Fat Thursday) festivities mark the end of celebrations before Lent.
1940. Birth of Bohdan Paczynski (d. 2007), Polish-born American astrophysicist. In 1999, he became
the first astronomer to receive all three major awards of the Royal Astronomical Society, by winning the Gold Medal, having won the Eddington Medal in 1987 and the George Darwin Lectureship in 1995.
1925. Poland make an accord with the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Vilnius was revived as one of
five Polish dioceses.
1945. Yalta Conference. Soviets receive Poland’s Eastern lands.
1867. Death of George Sokoloski, first Polish American graduate of West Point Academy and Civil
Pączki Day (U.S.)
1903. Death of Fr. Jozef Dabrowski, founder of the Orchard Lake Schools. (b. 1842).
1704. Warsaw Confederation formed.
1386. Marriage of Polish Queen Jadwiga d’Anjou to Wladyslaw Jagiello of Lithuania.
1914. Birth of Julius Kuczynski, better known by his stage name, Pee Wee King. (“Tennessee
PRESIDENT’S DAY (U.S.)
1473. Birth of Mikolaj Kopernik, Polish astronomer known by his
Latin name Nicholas Copernicus, in the city of Torun, Poland. Copernicus is the Father of Modern Astronomy, known as the man who “moved the earth and stopped the sun.”
1941. Nazis order that Polish Jews are barred from using public transportation.
II August crowned King of Poland.
1820. Birth of Apollo Nalecz-Korzeniowski, dramatist, poet and father of Joseph Conrad.
1810. Recorded birth of Fryderyk Chopin, Polish composer, pianist, in Zelazowa Wola, Poland (d.
1884. Birth of biochemist Casimir Funk, father of the vitamin. (d. 1967)
1926. Poland, an orignal member of the League of Nations, demands a permanent seat on the League
Council. It was given a semi-permanent seat.
1832. Polish constitution abolished by Czar Nicholas I.
1750. Birth of Ignacy Potocki, Polish minister and nobleman.