Happy Birthday, Poland! Sto Lat!

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Happy 1,050th birthday, Poland! On this day in 966, the Polish ruler converted to Christianity, transforming Poland into a recognized European state.

Poland had existed prior to this in some form, of course.  As the Roman Empire collapsed in the early centuries AD, Germanic and Slavic tribes moved in and began to take over lands in central and eastern Europe. Already by the sixth century, western Slavic people  began to settle throughout what is today Poland.

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