THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
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February - Luty
1733. Death of August II the Strong
If the sun is bright on Candlemas day,
More snow is on the way.
1674. Coronation of Jan Sobieski, king and military leader who defeated the Turks in Vienna in 1683, and thus honored for centuries as the “Defender of Christendom.”
1899. Death of painter Juliusz Kossak (b. 1824).
1505. Birth of the father of Polish literature, Mikolaj Rej.
1962. Death of Wladyslaw Dziewulski, Polish astronomer and mathematician.
1296. Assassination of Przemysł II
1940. Birth of Bohdan Paczynski (d. 2007), Polish-born American astrophysicist.
1903. Founding of the Polish National Alliance of Brooklyn, USA.
1945. Yalta Conference. Soviets receive Poland’s Eastern lands.
1867. Death of George Sokoloski, first Polish American graduate of West Point Academy and Civil War veteran.
Valentine’s Day (Dzień Świętego Walentego or Walentynki)
1903. Death of Fr. Jozef Dabrowski, founder of the Orchard Lake Schools. (b. 1842).
1919. Greater Poland Uprising ends.
1772. First Partition of Poland between Prussia, Russia and Austria.
1914. Birth of Julius Kuczynski, better known by his stage name, Pee Wee King.
1473. Birth of Mikolaj Kopernik, Polish astronomer known by his Latin name Nicholas Copernicus, in of Torun, Poland.
1941. Nazis order that Polish Jews are barred from using public transportation.
1574. Coronation of Henry Valois.
1814. Birth of folklorist and enthographer Oskar Kolberg.
Tłusty czwartek (Fat Thursday) festivities mark the end of celebrations before Lent, which strictly forbids loud parties and meat dishes. On this day, Poles enjoy pączki (deep-fried dough with fruit filling) while on the following Tuesday — known as Fat Tuesday throughout the world and the last day before the official start of Lent (Ash Wednesday) — Poles dance and party to burn off calories and have fun before the Lenten season of abstinence.
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 was abolished by Czar Nicholas I.
1750. Birth of Ignacy Potocki, Polish minister and nobleman.
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