Poland

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19/02/1473
The astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun, Poland.
24/05/1543
The astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus dies.
01/03/1810
Composer Frederic Chopin is born in Poland.
07/11/1867
Marie Curie is born as Marie Sklodowska in Warsaw, Poland.
18/05/1920
Pope John Paul II is born as Karol Wojtyla in Wadovice, Poland.
01/09/1939
World War 2 starts as Germany invades Poland
17/09/1939
The Soviet Union invades Poland during World War 2.
27/09/1939
During World War 2, Poland surrenders after several weeks of resistance against German and Soviet invaders.
28/09/1939
Germany and the Soviet Union agree a plan to partition Poland.
01/08/1944
During World War 2, the Warsaw Uprising starts against occupying German troops. The uprising lasts 63 days.
02/10/1944
German troops crush the two month Warsaw Uprising, during which 250,000 were killed.
27/01/1945
The Red Army liberates the Nazi's biggest concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.
02/11/1946
Pope John Paul II, then Karol Wojtyla, is ordained as a priest
10/06/1979
In the first visit by a pope to a communist country, Pope John Paul II says mass to over a million people.
14/08/1980
Workers in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk go on strike over the dismissal of a trade union activist.
30/08/1980
Lech Walesa's decision to call an end to the 17 day strike is prompted by Poland's government agreement to release 28 jailed dissidents and exercise restraint on state censorship
24/01/1981
Millions of Poland's workers stayed at home in support of Solidarity's call for a five day working week
17/12/1981
The government in Poland admits that 7 union members were killed resisting the imposition of martial law at a coal mine in Silesia. Disturbances in Gdansk saw 300 police and civilians injured.
26/10/1982
The parliament in Poland approves a new law to outlaw the free trade union Solidarity and replace it with a set of unions with very restricted powers to strike.
12/11/1982
Lech Walesa returns to Gdansk after 11 months internment by the Polish authorities.
23/06/1983
Pope John Paul II holds a private meeting with the founder of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, on a visit to Poland.
30/10/1984
The body of pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko is found, he is believed to have been murdered by Poland's secret police.
09/05/1987
183 people die when a Polish airliner crashes on a flight from Warsaw to New York
05/06/1989
The Solidarity party led by Lech Walesa achieve a massive victory in Poland's general election.
09/12/1990
Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland
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