1939 in Poland


1939 in Poland

=Incumbents=

On May 15, 1936, president of Poland Ignacy Mościcki designed the government under prime minister Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski. The government was dissolved on September 30, 1939 and it was the last government of the Second Polish Republic which resided in Warsaw.

Members of the government

* President of Poland - Ignacy Mościcki,
* Prime Minister - Felicjan Sławoj Składkowski,
* Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Treasury - Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski,
* Minister of Foreign Affairs - Józef Beck,
* Minister of Justice - Witold Grabowski,
* Minister of Military Affairs - Tadeusz Kasprzycki,
* Minister of Agriculture - Juliusz Poniatowski,
* Minister of Communication - Juliusz Ulrych
* Minister of Industry and Trade - Antoni Roman.

Other personalities

* Primate of Poland - August Hlond,
*Eastern Orthodox Church Archbishop of Warsaw - Dionizy ("Dionisij", real name Konstantyn Waledynski),
* Chief Rabbi of Warsaw - vacant,
* Marshall of the Sejm - Waclaw Makowski,
* Marshall of the Senat - Boguslaw Miedzinski.

Events

January

*January 1. Józef Beck welcomes the new year in Monte Carlo, while president Ignacy Mościcki stays in Jaworzyna near Zakopane,
*January 3. In Warsaw a funeral of Cardinal Aleksander Kakowski takes place. The service is led by primate August Hlond,
*January 4. Józef Beck arrives in Munich,
*January 5. Minister Józef Beck meets Adolf Hitler in Berchtesgaden,
*January 6. In Munich, minister Beck meets Joachim von Ribbentrop,
*January 7. In Warsaw, a funeral of Roman Dmowski takes place,
*January 8. President Moscicki returns to Warsaw, where he meets foreign diplomats and ambassadors to Poland. On the same day, Jurgis Šaulys, a Lithuanian envoy, begins his mission in Warsaw,
*January 25. Joachim von Ribbentrop comes by train to Warsaw, he arrives at the Warsaw Main Rail Station 4:50 p.m.,
*January 26. Joachim von Ribbentrop meets Ignacy Mościcki, Józef Beck and Edward Rydz-Śmigły,
*January 27. Joachim von Ribbentrop leaves Warsaw and returns to Berlin

February

*February 18. Heinrich Himmler comes to Warsaw. After meeting Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski and Józef Beck, he leaves in the night for Białowieża,
*February 19. Flooding in Volhynia, along the Horyn and the Styr. Heinrich Himmler hunts in Białowieża, together with Marian Zyndram-Koscialkowski,
*February 20. Heinrich Himmler returns to Berlin,
*February 22. First flights of the PZL.50 Jastrząb. Polish Telegraphic Agency announces that Zaolzie hence will be called "Western Silesia",
*February 24. Antipolish riots at the Königliche Technische Hochschule zu Danzig in Danzig. Polish students are beaten,
*February 25. Warsaw students demonstrate in front of the German embassy. Galeazzo Ciano, together with wife Edda Mussolini, comes by train to Warsaw,
*February 26. Galeazzo Ciano unveils the monument of Francesco Nullo in Warsaw,

March

*March 1. On the last day of his visit, Galeazzo Ciano visits Kraków,
*March 2. A hurricane in Wilno destroys several houses,
*March 4. Romanian minister of foreign affairs, Grigore Gafencu, comes to Warsaw by train, greeted by Józef Beck, Stefan Starzynski and Jan Szembek,
*March 6. Grigore Gafencu returns to Bucharest. A group of Polish writers, including Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski, visits Zaolzie,
*March 16. Units of Hungarian Army meet troops of the Polish Army, after Hungarian invasion of Carpatho-Ukraine,
*March 17. In Berlin, Józef Lipski meets Hermann Goering, discussing establishment of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia,
*March 22. A meeting of key Polish figures takes place at the Warsaw Castle. Present are Ignacy Moscicki, Edward Rydz-Smigly, Jozef Beck and Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski. All agree that Poland will not accept German proposal of extraterritorial rail and road connection between East Prussia and the rest of Germany. On the same day, Stanislaw Mackiewicz is imprisoned in the Bereza Kartuska detention camp,
*March 26. In Berlin, Polish ambassador Jozef Lipski meets Joachim von Ribbentrop, who demands that Danzig becomes part of Germany. Lipski, following Beck's order, refuses,
*March 30. In Warsaw, British ambassador Howard Kennard asks Jozef Beck if Poland will accept British guarantees. Beck answers in the affirmative. On the same day, Wincenty Witos returns to Poland and stays in Krakow,
*March 31. In London, prime minister Neville Chamberlain officially declares that Great Britain will help Poland in case of war.

April

*April 2. In the afternoon, Jozef Beck leaves Warsaw and goes by train to London. On his way, he stops at Berlin, to meet ambassador Jozef Lipski,
*April 4. Jozef Beck meets at breakfast with lord Halifax and Winston Churchill in London. On the same day in the afternoon, Beck talks with Neville Chamberlain,
*April 5. In London, Jozef Beck meets king George VI at the Windsor castle. In Warsaw, a funeral of Walery Slawek takes place,
*April 8. Stanislaw Mackiewicz is released from Bereza Kartuska. Jozef Beck returns to Warsaw,
*April 11. Adolf Hitler signs Fall Weiss,
*April 14. In Warsaw, Jozef Beck meets Hungarian attache, Andreas Hory,
*April 17. General Johan Laidoner, Commander-in-chief of the Estonian Army, comes to Warsaw,
*April 18. A regular air connection Warsaw - Copenhagen - London is opened,
*April 19. ORP Sęp, built in Holland, comes to Gdynia,
*April 22. General Johan Laidoner visits Krakow. Anatole de Monzie, French Minister of Public Works, comes to Poland,
*April 23. A 49-kilometer railroad connection Czestochowa - Chorzew Siemkowice, part of the Polish Coal Trunk-Line is opened,
*April 24. Jozef Beck meets British ambassador, Sir Howard Kennard,
*Wojciech Korfanty returns to Poland. He comes to Poznan and talks to Primate August Hlond,
*August 28. German "chargé d'affaires", Ernst Krummer meets Jan Szembek. Krummer declares that the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is unilaterally abrogated by Adolf Hitler. On the same day, Hitler speaks at Reichstag, and the speech is broadcast by the radio (see: List of Adolf Hitler speeches),
*April 30. In Gross Strehlitz near Oppeln, personnel of the Polish Theatre from Katowice is beaten by a Nazi crowd. In Warsaw, a great air show takes place.

May

*May 2. Polish Council of Ministers approves a bill according to which the President can issue decrees. A local election in Volhynia takes place,
*May 3. A military parade, to commemorate the Constitution Day, takes place in Warsaw,
*May 4. Marshall Edward Rydz-Smigly meets schoolchildren from Warsaw and Zaolzie,
*May 5. Józef Beck delivers a famous speech in the Sejm, in which he rejects Hitler's demands towards Poland,
*May 7. Mass patriotic demonstrations of peasants and workers take place across Poland, with the biggest in Warsaw and Tarnow,
*May 9. General Stasys Raštikis, Defense Minister of Lithuania, comes to Warsaw,
*May 11. Polish ambassador in Moscow, Waclaw Grzybowski, meets Vyacheslav Molotov,
*May 12. A mutual help agreement between France and Poland is signed in Paris by Polish ambassador Juliusz Lukasiewicz and French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Bonnet,
*May 13. Galeazzo Ciano informs Jozef Beck that in case of future Polish-German conflict, Italy will support Germany,
*May 15. General Tadeusz Kasprzycki begins in Paris negotiations about military help with General Maurice Gamelin,
*May 16. General Waclaw Stachiewicz orders his subordinates to create a plan of fortifications along the Polish-German border,
*May 18. Floods in Poland, in the areas of Kielce and Lwow,
*May 19. Polish-French military negitiations end in Paris. Both sides pledge to help each other in case of war,
*May 23. Polish-British military negotiations begin in Warsaw. Jozef Beck meets General Jozef Haller,
*May 26. Nationwide local elections are finished, with Oboz Zjednoczenia Narodowego winning 48% of votes. A Polish Institute is opened in Budapest,
*May 30. A funeral of Aleksander Bruckner takes place in Berlin.

June

*June 2. A new ambassador of the Soviet Union, Nikolai Sharonov, comes to Warsaw and begins his mission,
*June 6. A dangerous fire in the unfinished complex of the Warsaw Main Rail Station,
*June 7. Seven persons die, when an express train Katowice - Warszawa derails near Pruszkow,
*June 11. President Ignacy Moscicki begins a tour of the Central Industrial Area,
*June 13. A delegation of the Polish government, under Adam Koc, comes to London, to negotiate a loan for Polish Army,
*June 15. Polish Airlines open new connections: Gdynia - Warsaw - Budapest - Venice - Rome, and Warsaw - Budapest - Belgrad,
*June 16. A heat wave in Poland, with temperatures ranging from 35 C in Zaleszczyki, to 21 in Poznan, Torun and Gdynia. Representatives of Polonia from the United States of America collect $750 000 to the National Defence Fund,
*June 21. A Convention of 300 Polish Rabbies begins in Wilno,
*June 23. In Polish schools, summer vacation begins,
*June 24. Annual "Days of the Sea" begin in Gdynia. General Louis Faury visits Polish garrisons,
*June 26. Florian Znaniecki leaves Poland for a series of lectures at American universities,
*June 29. Jan Kiepura, together with wife Marta Eggerth, sing to thousands of people on the Old Town Market Place, Warsaw. All profits were given to the National Defence Fund.

July

*July 5. Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam (The First) visits Oswiecim, enthusiastically greeted by some 3000 followers,
*July 6. At Warsaw's Castle, a meeting of Ignacy Moscicki, Felicjan Slawoj-Skladkowski, Edward Rydz-Smigly and Jozef Beck takes place. The gathered discuss Polish policies concerning the Free City of Danzig,
*July 8. Due to unusually hot and sunny weather, harvest begins in Poland earlier that usually,
*July 7. King of Albania Zog, comes to Lwow and, after a short break, he goes to Warsaw together with family,
*July 10. Neville Chamberlain, speaking in the House of Commons, states that Britain is determined to help Poland in case of an attack,
*July 11. In Jazlowiec, the 14th Regiment of Jazlowiec Uhlans celebrates its day,
*July 13. Felicjan Slawoj-Skladkowski tours the Poznań Voivodeship,
*July 15. On the anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, a mass demonstration takes place in Krakow. On the same day in Katowice, Jan Kiepura sings to 20 000 people, with profits going to the National Defence Fund,
*July 17. General Sir Edmund Ironside of the British Army comes to Warsaw, via Gdynia. Jan Kiepura sings to 10 000 people in Karwina, Zaolzie,
*July 18. General Ironside visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw,
*July 20. General Ironside visits garrisons of the Polish Army in Rembertow and Modlin. Wojciech Korfanty leaves prison,
*July 27. "MS Batory", a passenger ship, enters service in the port of Gdynia,

August

*August 1. Officers of Polish Police arrest in Lwow around 30 activists of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists,
*August 2. In London, governments of Poland and Great Britian sign an agreement according to which Poland gets a loan in the amount of 8 million British pounds (200 million Polish zlotys). Poland initially demanded four times as much. On the same day, Benedictine monks return to the abbey in Tyniec,
*August 4. Polish customs officers in the Free City of Danzig are informed that they no longer can make inspections in the port. On the next day, under Polish pressure, the Senate of Danzig voids the decision,
*August 6. In Krakow, the 25th anniversary of First Cadre Company's departure is celebrated with estimated 200 000 watching the parade,
*August 8. A Polish-Hungarian celebration takes place at the Cross of the Legions in eastern Carpathians,
*August 9. Polish charge d'affaires in Berlin, Stefan Lubomirski, meets Ernst von Weizsäcker, who hands Lubomirski a note from von Ribbentrop about tense situation in the Free City of Danzig,
*August 10. In Warsaw, Tomasz Arciszewski meets German charge d'affaires, Johan von Wuhlisch. On the same day, Gauleiter Albert Forster makes a speech in Danzig, telling the crowds that the city will soon return to Germany,
*August 11. A conference of Jozef Beck, Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, Ignacy Moscicki, Felicjan Slawoj-Skladkowski and Edward Rydz-Smigly, takes place at the Warsaw Castle,
*August 12. In Moscow, talks between military delegations of France, Great Britain and Soviet Union begin,
*August 13. Partial mobilization of the Polish Army,
*August 15. Poland celebrates 19th anniversary of the "Miracle at the Vistula" (see: Battle of Warsaw (1920)), with the biggest demonstration taking place in Radzymin. On the same day in Moscow, Vyacheslav Molotov talks with German ambassador to the Soviet Union, Friedrich Schullenburg. Schullenburg informs Molotov about von Ribbentrop's willingnes to come to Moscow,
*August 17. French government grants Polish government credit in the amount of 430 million French franks,
*August 19. In Warsaw, Jozef Beck, talking to British ambassador Howard Kennard and French ambassador Leon Noel, says that Polish government will not give permision for the Red Army to enter Polish territory in case of war with Germany. On the same day, Northern Fair opens in Wilno,
*August 20. In Katowice, funeral of Wojciech Korfanty takes place,
*August 22. Heat in Poland, with temperatures reaching up to 31 degrees Celsius in Pomerania. Edward Rydz-Smigly orders alarm mobilization in military districts along western border of Poland. Joachim von Ribbentrop leaves Berlin for Moscow,
*August 23. In Moscow, Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is signed,
*August 24. In the morning, secret mobilization takes place in Poland, which covers around 75% of the Polish Army manpower,
*August 25. Pact of mutual help between Poland and Great Britain is signed in London. In Moscow, Soviet-French-British negotiations end. German battleship Schleswig-Holstein anchores in the channel near Westerplatte,
*August 26. Adolf Hitler changes his order and attack on Poland is postponed to September 1. Nevertheless, some Wehrmacht units attack, especially in the south. Jozef Beck meets Soviet ambassador, Nikolai Sharonov,
*August 28. 20 people die in the Tarnów rail station bomb attack,
*August 30. The Polish destroyers ORP "Burza", ORP "Błyskawica" and ORP "Grom" are ordered to execute the Peking Plan, and the warships head for Great Britain
*August 31. Gleiwitz incident.

eptember

*Invasion of Poland (1939)

October

* The first ghetto is organised by Germans in Piotrków Trybunalski,
*October 22. "Elections" in the Soviet-occupied areas of eastern Poland,
*October 26. Hans Frank was appointed Governor-General of the Germany-occupied territories

November

*November 6. Sonderaktion Krakau

December

Arts and literature

Awards

*January 17. Jerzy Andrzejewski is awarded the youth prize of the Polish Academy of Literature,
*January 28. Leopold Staff receives an Honorary degree at the Warsaw University,

New books

Music

Film

ports

January

*January 8. A 20-year old Polish glider Tadeusz Góra is awarded the The Lilienthal Medal for his 577,8-kilometer glider flight from Bezmiechowa near Lesko to Soleczniki near Wilno,
*January 10. In the Upper Silesian city of Beuthen, football team of Polish Upper Silesia loses 3-5 to the team of German Upper Silesia, with Leonard Piątek scoring two goals and Jerzy Wostal one,
*January 11. Jadwiga Wajs, discus throw Olympic silver and bronze medalist gets married in Łódź,
*January 15. In Warsaw, in an international boxing match, Poland beats the Netherlands 16-0,
*January 16. In Stockholm, in an international boxing match, Poland beats Sweden 12-4,
*January 22. In a football friendly in Paris, France beats Poland 4-0,
*January 25. The national ice hockey team for the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships in Switzerland has been announced. It consists of 15 players - 5 from Cracovia Kraków, 4 from Dąb Katowice, 4 from Warszawianka Warszawa, 1 from AZS Poznań and 1 from Czarni Lwów,
*January 27. Men's volleyball championships of Poland begin in Lwów,
*January 29. In Lwów, Sokol Drugi Lwów becomes men's volleyball champion of Poland. Second is Cresovia Grodno, third - CWS Warszawa.

February

*February 4. In the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Group C (Basel) beats the Netherlands 9-0,
*February 5. In the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Basel loses 0-4 to Canada,
*February 7. In the second round of the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Basel loses to Switzerland 0-4,
*February 8. In the second round of the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Basel beats Hungary 5-3,
*February 9. In the second round of the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Basel loses to the United States 0-4,
*February 10. In the consolidation round of the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Zürich beats Hungary 3-0,
*February 11. Skiing championships of the world (FIS), begin in Zakopane,
*February 12. In the consolidation round of the 1939 World Ice Hockey Championships, Poland in Zürich loses to Germany 0-4, finishing sixth overall,
*February 12. In Poznań, in an international boxing match, Poland beats Hungary 14-2,

March

*March 3. In Katowice, the team of Dąb Katowice becomes ice-hockey champion of Poland. Second is Warszawianka Warszawa, third Ognisko Wilno,
*March 5. In Łódź, in an international table tennis game, Poland beats Latvia 5-4,
*March 12. In Lwów, in an international boxing match, Poland beats Finland 14-2,
*March 12. In Riga, in an international boxing match, "Poland B" beats Latvia 10-6,
*March 19. In Poznań, in an international boxing match, Poland beats Italy 10-6,
*March 26. In the first game of the 1939 season of the Polish football league, Garbarnia Kraków beats at home Ruch Chorzów 2-1,

April

*April 2. Games of the 1939 season of the Polish football league begin. In the first round, Warszawianka Warszawa loses at home to Ruch Chorzów 0-5, AKS Chorzów loses in Chorzów 1-2 to Cracovia Kraków, Pogoń Lwów beats at home Garbarnia Kraków 5-1, Wisła Kraków beats at home Polonia Warszawa 2-1 and Warta Poznań beats at home Union Touring Łódź 7-0,
*April 10. During the Easter holidays, several foreign football teams came to Poland. Gedania Gdansk, a Polish minority side from the Free City of Danzig, beat 3-1 Warszawianka Warszawa in Warsaw, Elektromos Budapest lost 1-2 to Wisla Krakow and beat 1-0 Cracovia Krakow, Kispest FC beat 2-1 AKS Chorzow and lost 1-2 to Ruch Chorzow, and SK Bratislava beat 2-1 in Lwow the reserve team of Pogon Lwow,
*April 13. Polish team leaves Poznan and goes by train to Dublin, to participate in the 1939 European Amateur Boxing Championships,
*April 16. In the games of the Polish football league, Polonia Warszawa beats at home Warta Poznan 3-1, Cracovia beats at home Warszawianka Warszawa 2-1, Garbarnia Krakow loses at home 2-3 to AKS Chorzow, Ruch Chorzow beats at home Pogon Lwow 4-1 and Wisla Krakow beats in Lodz Union-Touring 3-1. In Warsaw, in a table tennis international game, Kaunas beats Warsaw 7-2,
*April 22. Polish boxing team, with one gold (Antoni Kolczynski), three silver medals (Antoni Czortek, Jozef Pisarski, Franciszek Szymura) and a bronze by Zbigniew Kowalski, leaves Dublin, after the 1939 European Amateur Boxing Championships. Poland overall is the winner of team competition. In Riga, in a basketball international friendly, Poland loses to Latvia 18:42,
*April 23. In the games of the Polish football league, Cracovia Krakow beats at home Union-Touring lodz 1-0, Garbarnia Krakow beats away Warszawianka Warszawa 2-0, Pogon Lwow beats at home Polonia Warszawa 3-2, Warta Poznan beats at home Wisla Krakow 4-1 and in the Upper Silesian classic, Ruch Chorzow beats on home turf AKS Chorzow 3-2, with attendance of 10,000. In Riga, in a basketball international friendly, Poland beats Latvia 31-29,

May

*May 3. In Krakow, in the Polish Football League game, Wisla Krakow beats Pogon Lwow 2-1. In international tennis game, Poland beats Romania 3-1. In Warsaw and major Polish cities (Krakow, Lwow, Wilno, Poznan, Torun, Gdynia, Bialystok, Zakopane, Lublin, Brzesc, Grudziadz, Slonim), "National Running Day" competitions take place, with numerous athletes participating,
*May 7. In games of the Polish Football League, Warszawianka Warszawa beats Polonia Warszawa 5-1, Ruch Chorzow beats Garbarnia Krakow 5-0, Wisla Krakow beats Cracovia Krakow 5-1, Pogon Lwow ties at home with Union-Touring Lodz 2-2 and Warta Poznan beats at home AKS Chorzow 2-1. In Warsaw, in the Davis Cup match, Poland beats Holland 4-1,
*May 14. In Warsaw, in an international football friendly, the team of the city of Warsaw beats the team of the city of Kaunas 5-2,
*May 19. A Davis Cup game Poland-Germany begins,
*May 21. In games of the Polish Football League, Warszawianka Warszawa loses at home 0-4 to AKS Chorzow, Ruch Chorzow routs at home Union-Touring Lodz 12-1 (with 10 goals by Ernest Wilimowski), Pogon Lwow beats away Warta Poznan 1-0, and Wisla Krakow ties 1-1 with Garbarnia Krakow,
*May 22. In Kaunas, during the Basketball Championships of Europe, basketball team of Poland beats Estonia 40-36,
*May 23. In Kaunas, basketball team of Poland beats France 38-36,
*May 24. In Kaunas, basketball team of Poland loses to Lithuania 18-46,
*May 25. In Kaunas, basketball team of Poland beats Hungary 42-20,
*May 27. In Łódź, in a football friendly, Poland ties 3-3 with Belgium, with two goals by Ernst Willimowski and one by Jerzy Wostal. On the same day in Lwow, events marking 35th anniversary of Pogon Lwow take place,
*May 28. Polish national basketball team finishes the Eurobasket 1939 on the third spot, behind Lithuania and Latvia.

June

*June 4. In Warsaw, in a football friendly, Poland ties 1-1 with Switzerland, with a goal by Leonard Piątek,
*June 8. In a game of the Polish Football League, Wisla Krakow loses at home 0-1 to Ruch Chorzow,
*June 11. In games of the Polish Football League, Warta Poznan beats at home Warszawianka Warszawa 4-2, Garbarnia Krakow lost at home to Cracovia 1-2, Polonia Warszawa routed at home Union-Touring Lodz 6-1 and AKS Chorzow beats at home Pogon Lwow 2-0,
*June 18. In games of the Polish Football League, Pogon Lwow beats at home Cracovia Krakow 3-0, Warta Poznan ties away with Ruch Chorzow 1-1, Wisla Krakow beats in Warsaw Warszawianka Warszawa 1-0, Garbarnia Krakow ties at home 2-2 with Polonia Warszawa and AKS Chorzow beats in Lodz Union Touring 7-1. On the same day, handball team of Poland beats Sweden in Katowice 8-6,
*June 25. In an international women’s track and field match in Bergamo, Poland loses to Italy 33-51. In games of the Polish Football League, Polonia Warszawa beats at home Wisla Krakow 5-4, AKS Chorzow ties at home 0-0 with Warszawianka Warszawa, Cracovia Krakow loses at home 2-5 to Ruch Chorzow, Pogon Lwow beats in Lodz Union-Touring 2-1 and Warta Poznan beats at home Garbarnia Krakow 5-0. In Lodz, LKS Lodz becomes man’s handball champion of Poland

July

*July 2. In the games of the Polish Football League, Ruch Chorzów loses at home 2-3 to Polonia Warszawa, Cracovia Kraków beats Warszawianka Warszawa in Warsaw 3-1, Wisła Kraków routs at home Warta Poznań 5-0, and Pogoń Lwów, in its last ever official home game (attendance 5000), ties 1-1 with AKS Chorzów,
*July 8. Men's track and field championships of Poland begin in Poznań,
*July 9. In Kraków, in the Polish Football League game, Garbarnia Kraków beats Union Touring Łódź 2-1,
*July 15. Women's track and field championships of Poland begin in Katowice,
*July 16. In the Polish Football League game, Polonia Warszawa ties 2-2 at home with Ruch Chorzów, on the same day women's swimming championships of Poland end in Bielsko-Biała,
*July 22. Tour de Pologne begins with the first stage, from Warsaw to Lublin,
*July 23. Second stage of Tour de Pologne, from Lublin, via Zamość and Rawa Ruska, to Lwów,
*July 24. Third stage of Tour de Pologne, from Lwów, via Przeworsk to Rzeszów,
*July 25. Fourth stage stage of Tour de Pologne, from Rzeszów, via Tarnów to Kraków,
*July 26. Fifth stage of Tour de Pologne, from Kraków, via Bielsko-Biała, to Cieszyn,
*July 28. Sixth stage of Tour de Pologne, from Cieszyn, via Trzyniec, to Katowice,
*July 29. Seventh stage of Tour de Pologne, from Katowice, via Częstochowa, to Piotrków Trybunalski,
*July 30. Last, eighth, stage of Tour de Pologne, from Piotrków Trybunalski to Warsaw. Boleslaw Napierala wins the tournament.

August

*August 2. In Gdynia, Jozef Hebda becomes tennis champion of Poland,
*August 10. International tennis game Poland - China starts in Warsaw,
*August 12. Rowing championships of Poland begin in Poznań,
*August 13. In the Polish Football League qualifiers, Legia Poznań ties at home 1-1 with Junak Drohobycz and Śląsk Świętochłowice beats at home Śmigły Wilno 2-1,
*August 15. In the Polish Football League game, Cracovia Kraków loses at home 3-4 to Pogoń Lwów,
*August 20. In the last prewar round of the Polish Football League, Polonia Warszawa beats at home Pogoń Lwów 2-1 (this is the last ever game in the history of the Lwów side), Cracovia Kraków beats 3-2 in Łódź the team of Union Touring Łódź, Warta Poznań beats at home Ruch Chorzów 5-2, AKS Chorzów beats at home Garbarnia Kraków 3-0 and Wisła Kraków beats at home Warszawianka Warszawa 4-2. On the same day, in the qualifiers to the League, Śmigły Wilno beats at home Legia Poznań 5-1 and Junak Drohobycz ties at home 0-0 with Śląsk Świętochłowice,
*August 25. For the first time in the interbellum period, a Polish football team, Śmigły Wilno, goes to Lithuania to play friendlies there,
*August 27. In Warsaw, Polish football team beats Hungary 4-2, with three goals scored by Ernst Willimowski and one by Leonard Piątek (see: Poland v Hungary (1939)),

eptember

*September 3. A football international friendly between Poland and Bulgaria, planned in Warsaw, is not taking place because of Polish September Campaign. On the same day, Gordon Bennett cup competition, planned in Lwow, is not taking place,
*September 6. A football international friendly between Poland and Yugoslavia, planned in Belgrade, is not taking place,
*September 24. A football international friendly between "Poland B Team" and Finland, planned in Helsinki, is not taking place,
*September 24. A football international friendly between "Poland A Team" and Romania, planned in Bucharest, is not taking place.

October

November

December

Births

January

*January 13. Andrzej Adamski, international chess champion, is born in Warsaw,

February

*february 6 Czesław Niemen, a singer and composer, is born in Stare Wasiliszki

March

*March 12. Jacek Bednarski, a chess champion, is born in Kraków,
*March 30. Stefan Cichy, a Roman-Catholic bishop, is born in Przyszowice,

April

*April 7. Architect Marek Budzynski is born in Poznań,
*April 27. Stanisław Dziwisz, a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, is born in Raba Wyżna,

May

*May 2. Stanislaw Ciosek, a prominent member of the PZPR, is born in the village of Pawlowice near Radom,

June

*June 17. Krzysztof Zanussi, producer and film director is born in Warsaw,

July

*July 2. Film actress Iga Cembrzynska is born in Radom,
*July 19. Bohdan Cywinski, a writer and member of anticommunist movements, is born in Milanówek,
*July 29. Witold Baran, a middle distance runner, is born in Chmielów near Kielce,

August

*August 2. Jerzy Ciemniewski, politician is born in Warsaw,
*August 9. Maria Czubaszek, a poet and songwriter, is born in Warsaw,

eptember

*September 19. Jerzy Bartminski, linguist and ethnologist, is born in Przemyśl,
*September 23. Janusz Gajos, an actor, is born in Dąbrowa Górnicza

October

*October 18. Mieczyslaw Bareja, mayor of Warsaw in 1994, is born in Siedlce,

November

December

Deaths

January

*January 2. In the village of Drozdowo near Łomża, at 1:05 a.m., dies Roman Dmowski,
*January 19. Zygmunt Wyrobek, a pedagogue and scouting pioneer, dies in Kraków,

February

*February 24. In Warsaw dies Tadeusz Puszczyński, commandant of the Wawelberg Group and the Sarny Fortified Area,

March

*March 8. In Warsaw dies professor Wladyslaw Marian Zawadzki, former minister of treasury,

April

*April 2. Walery Slawek commits suicide,

May

*May 24. Professor Aleksander Bruckner dies in Berlin,

June

July

*July 3. Football player Hubert Gad drowns in a pond in Świętochłowice,

August

*August 17. Wojciech Korfanty dies in Warsaw,

eptember

*September 18. Following Soviet invasion on Poland, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz commits suicide in the Polesie Voivodeship,
*September 22. General Józef Olszyna-Wilczyński is murdered by the Red Army soldiers,

October

November

December


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