Category Archives: Famous Poles

The Savior of Christendom

I have a special place in my heart for Jan III Sobieski (1629-1696), King of Poland from 1674 until his death in 1696. Perhaps in part this is because I have read all about him in the excellent book “JAN … Continue reading

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Irena Sendler

Few people today know the story of Irena Sendler. It’s a pity, because it’s a story well worth telling, a tale of a very brave and courageous woman. On this day in history, Irena Sendler was arrested and tortured by … Continue reading

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Cud nad Wisłą — Miracle on the Vistula

Today is not only a momentous day in Polish history, it also marks the 95th anniversary of one of the t0p 20 most important military battles in the history of the world, the Miracle on the Vistula, also known as the … Continue reading

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Island of Princes — Where did Poland come from?

The origins of Poland are steeped in mystery and history, but now a bit more is known. The beginning of Poland is often traced to 966 and the baptism of Mieszkow I, the first Piast King whose acceptance of Christianity … Continue reading

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On this day in Polish history…. June 27th

June 27th is a significant day in Polish history for two events that happened on this day, 48 years apart, in 1581 and in 1629. Both events are a source of great pride for all of us who are of … Continue reading

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Święty Jan Paweł II — Saint John Paul II

Today is a historic day for many Poles all over the world. On this day, the first Polish Pope was made a saint. To me, personally, this is a very amazing event, and a day for celebration not only for … Continue reading

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Battle of Khotyn (Chocim): November 11, 1673

It was 340 years ago today that a significant battle was fought at the fortress of Chocim (today Khotyn in Ukraine) between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s forces led by hetman (miliary chief commander) Jan Sobieski and the Ottoman Empire forces let … Continue reading

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Today in the History of Poland…

….on May 19, 1674, the Grand Hetman of the Crown(Military Commander in Chief) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Jan Sobieski, was elected King of Poland. After a period of turnmoil and attacks from various external forces (Turks, Swedes, Tatars, etc.), King … Continue reading

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Polish Contribution to the Eradication of Polio

Throughout history, Poles have contributed to science, the arts, mathematics, humanities, and many other fields. Today I want to note the death (April 11, 2013) of a Pole who made a great contribution to the field of modern health care, … Continue reading

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