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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: [email protected]. 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.

 

 December - Grudzie˝

1
1873.
Founding of the Polish Roman Catholic Union.

3
1899.
Founding of the Polish Beneficial Association, Philadelphia.
1854. About 800 Polish settlers arrive in Galveston, Texas after a nine-week voyage.

4
St. Barbara

5
1867.
Birth of Josef Pilsudski, post-World War I leader of a free Poland.

6
St. Nicholas

7
1279.
Death of Bolesław V the Chaste

11
1949.
Johnny Lujack of the Chicago Bears passed for 468 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-21 rout of the Chicago Cardinals.

12
1981.
Martial Law enacted, restricting civil rights and suspending Solidarity union.

14
1980.
NATO warns Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland.

15
1575.
Election of Stefan Bßtory, considered one of the greatest elected kings of Poland.

16
1922.
Assassination of free Poland’s first president Gabriel Narutowicz.

18
1929.
Birth of Cardinal Jozef Glemp.

19
1852.
Birth of Polish Jewish scientist A.A. Michelson, 1907 Nobel Prize winner in Physics..

21
St. Thomas
1898.
Marie, 31, and Pierre Curie, Polish and French chemists, discover radium.

22
1922.
Stanisław Wojciechowski elected the second President of the Republic of
Poland.

23
St. John Kanty (Cantius). 1473.
1925.
Founding of the Kosciuszko Foundation.

24
Dzien Wigilijny
1854.
About 100 families from Upper Silesia arrive in Panna Maria, Texas to establish the first permanent Polish settlement in the United States. Fr. Leopold Moczygemba holds Midnight Mass under a large oak tree that still stands today.

25
Boze Narodzenie
 According to Polish tradition, the 12 days of Christmas predict the weather for next 12 months.
1025. Coronation of Mieszko II Lambert
1745. Prussia and Austria signed the Treaty of Dresden. This gave much of Silesia to the Prussians.

26
St. Stephen
1655.
Swedes withdraw from Poland.

27
1587.
Coronation of Sigismund III Waza

30
1994.
Consecration of Bishop John W. Yanta, D.D., at Panna Maria.

31
St. Sylvester

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