January 1st, 1860 – The First Polish Stamp

The first Polish stamp was issued for the Congress Kingdom on January 1st, 1860 (Gregorian calendar). Because January 1st was a Sunday the stamp was not actually available until the following day. The design was similar to the contemporary Russian stamps with the arms of the Congress Kingdom in the centre. The engraving was done […]

December 28th, 1918 – Countess Markievicz

Countess Constance Georgine Markievicz was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. On December 28th, 1918, while detained in Holloway prison, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the […]

December 27th, 1918 – The Greater Poland Uprising

In late 1918 Poles with hopes for a sovereign Poland began serious preparations for an uprising after Kaiser Wilhelm‘s abdication on November 9th, 1918, which marked the end of the German monarchy, which would be replaced by the Weimar Republic. The uprising broke out on December 27th, 1918 in Poznań, after a patriotic speech by […]

November 29th, 1830 – The November Uprising

The November Uprising, an armed rebellion against Russia’s rule in Poland, began on November 29th, 1830.

April 13th, 1943 – Mass Grave of 22,000 Polish Killed by Soviets Revealed!

On April 13th, 1943, mass graves of Polish prisoners of war killed by Soviet forces discovered in what became known as the Katyń Forest Massacre was announced. This caused a diplomatic rift between the Polish government in exile in London from the Soviet Union, which denied responsibility. The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish nationals […]

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