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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

FEBRUARY 2018

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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.

 

February — Luty

1
1733. Death of August II the Strong.

2
CANDLEMAS

3
1899. Death of painter Juliusz Kossak (b. 1824).

4
1746. Birth of Polish and American patriot, freedom fighter and military engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko.

6
ST. DOROTHY

7
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.

8
Tłusty czwartek
(Fat Thursday) festivities mark the end of celebrations before Lent.

9
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.

10
1925. Poland make an accord with the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Vilnius was revived as one of five  Polish dioceses.

11
1945. Yalta Conference. Soviets receive Poland’s Eastern lands.

12
1867. Death of George Sokoloski, first Polish American graduate of West Point Academy and Civil War veteran.

13
Pączki Day (U.S.)

14
ASH WEDNESDAY
ST. VALENTINE

15
1903. Death of Fr. Jozef Dabrowski, founder of the Orchard Lake Schools. (b. 1842).

16
1704. Warsaw Confederation formed.

17
1386. Marriage of Polish Queen Jadwiga d’Anjou to Wladyslaw Jagiello of Lithuania.

18
1914. Birth of Julius Kuczynski, better known by his stage name, Pee Wee King. (“Tennessee Waltz”).

19
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.”

20
1941. Nazis order that Polish Jews are barred from using public transportation.
1530. Zygmunt II August crowned King of Poland.

21
1820. Birth of Apollo Nalecz-Korzeniowski, dramatist, poet and father of Joseph Conrad.

22
1810. Recorded birth of Fryderyk Chopin, Polish composer, pianist, in Zelazowa Wola, Poland (d. 1849).

23
1884. Birth of biochemist Casimir Funk, father of the vitamin. (d. 1967)

25
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.

26
1832. Polish constitution abolished by Czar Nicholas I.

28
1
750. Birth of Ignacy Potocki, Polish minister and nobleman.

 

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