1655 Warsaw falls without resistance to a small force under the command of Charles X Gustav of Sweden during The Deluge.
1861 Russian troops fire on a crowd in Warsaw protesting against Russian rule over Poland, killing five protesters.
1918 Józef Piłsudski comes to Warsaw and assumes supreme military power in Poland. Poland regains its independence, celebrated each year on this day.
1922 President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
1939 Warsaw surrenders to Nazi Germany during World War II.
1940 Warsaw is awarded the Virtuti Militari.
1942 World War II: the Warsaw paper ''Liberty Brigade'' publishes the first news of the concentration camps.
1942 Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.
1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
1944 Holocaust: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
1945 Soviet forces capture the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw.
1980 In Poland, a plane crashes during final approach near Warsaw, killing 87 people, including a 14-man American boxing team.
1987 A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M "Tadeusz Kościuszko" (SP-LBG) crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.