THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
MAY 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.

 

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.

1
St. Joseph the Worker
Labor Day (Poland)
1908. Birth of Krystyna Skarbek, who became a spy for the British Special Operations Executive during World War II.

2
1978. Polish mountain climbers reach the South Kanchen peak in the Himalayas.

3
Feast of Mary, Queen of Poland
Polish Constitution Day

5
1846. Birth of Nobel Prize for Literature winner Henryk Sienkiewicz.

7
1794. Issuance of Proclamation of Połaniec by Tadeusz Kościuszko. It partially abolished serfdom in Poland, granting substantial civil liberties to all the peasants.

8
VE DAY (U.S.)
St. Stanislaus

9
1667. Death of Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48).

10
1573. Henry of Anjou (Henry Walezy, Henry of Valois), became the first elected king of Poland.

12
1364. Founding of Jagiellonian University

13
1981. Pope John Paul II shot by a would-be assasin at public audience in St. Peter’s Square.

14
MOTHER’S DAY (U.S.)

15
1942. Founding of the Polish Institute of Sciences in America, in New York.

16
1850. Birth of Johannes von Mikulica-Radecki, Polish surgical pioneer.

17
1025. Death of King Boleslaw Chrobry (Boleslaus the Brave).

18
1920. Birth of Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland, named Pope John Paul II, October 16, 1978.

19
1674. John III Sobieski elected King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

20
ARMED FORCES DAY (U.S.)
1881. Birth of Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorski. (d. 1943) He lead the Polish government-in-exile during World War II.

22
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.

23
1939. Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland.

25
1861. Death of Capt. Constantine Blandowski, first foreign-born officer to die in the Civil War.

26
Mother’s Day (Poland),
Dzień Matki

27
1993. Death of Andrzej Wasowski, painist, in Washington, D.C.

28
1981. Death of Polish Primate and staunch anti-communist Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski.

29
Memorial Day (U.S.)
1913. Birth of Tony Zale (Zaleski), middleweight champion from 1940-48.

31
1972. Visit of President Richard Nixon to Poland, the first visit by a U.S. president.

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