On September 18-20, 2019, the Jubilee 20th General Congress of Polish Historians will be held in Lublin which is to be a great celebration of history. As the members of the Organizing Committee assure, the Congress in Lublin will be not only a meeting “with historical science, but also with various forms of the presence of history in the public sphere: from historical movie and book to historical computer games and historical reconstructions”. The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda is the honorary patron of the event.
- January 26, 1934 - the German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact was signed in Berlin. Both countries pledged to resolve their problems by bilateral negotiations and to forgo armed conflict for a period of 10 years.
- January 24, 1507 - Sigismund I the Old was crowned King of Poland in Wawel Cathedral in Cracow by Primate Andrzej Boryszewski
- January 22, 1863 - 157 years ago, on 22 January 1863, one of the most important Polish attempts at regaining independence broke out - the January Uprising.
- January 21, 1940 - the Czortków uprising against Soviet state repressions took place. It was the first Polish civilian uprising against the Nazi-Soviet occupation of Poland.
- January 19, 1945 - the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), the dominant Polish resistance movement in Poland, occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, during World War II, was disbanded by Gen, Leopold Okulicki.
- January 15, 1582 - the Treaty of Yam-Zapolsky was signed between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Tsardom of Russia. It ended the Livonian War and followed the successful Livonian campaign of Stephen Báthory, culminating in the Siege of Pskov.
- January 14, 1770 - Adam Jerzy Czartoryski was born. He began as a foreign minister to the Russian Tsar Alexander I and built an anti-Napoleon coalition, only to became a leader of the Polish government in exile, and a bitter foe of Russian Tsar Nicholas I.
- January 10, 1892 - Melchior Wańkowicz was born. He was a popular writer, political journalist and publisher, famous for his reporting for the Polish Armed Forces in the West during World War II and writing a book about the battle of Monte Cassino.
- January 9, 1433 - the privilege of Jedlnia and Krakow was confirmed by King Władysław II Jagiełło in order to ensure the succession to the throne to his son Władysław.
- January 8, 1918 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson formulated his famous Fourteen Points in a speech on war aims and peace terms to the United States Congress. Thirteen point went as follows: "An independent Polish state should be erected which should include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations, which should be assured a free and secure access to the sea, and whose political and economic independence and territorial integrity should be guaranteed by international covenant".
- January 7, 1939 - Roman Dmowski, one of the principal figures instrumental in the postwar restoration of Poland's independent existence, was buried at the Bródno Cemetery in Warsaw. His funeral gathered at least 100 thousand attendees.
- January 2, 1907 - Tadeusz Żenczykowski was born in Warsaw. He was a Polish political activist and soldier in the Armia Krajowa (Home Army) during World War II. After 1945, he emigrated became a journalist and deputy chief of the Polish Section of Radio Free Europe, historian and publicist.
- December 27, 1918 - the Polish uprising against Germans broke out in Poznań, after a patriotic speech by Ignacy Paderewski, the famous pianist, who would become the Polish prime minister in 1919.
- December 23, 1831 - died countess Emilia Plater. She was a noblewoman and revolutionary from the lands of the partitioned Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, who fought in the November Uprising of 1830–1831 against the Russian Empire.
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