On This Day

What Happened on January 26

Important Events

  • 1482 "Pentateuch" the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy
  • 1531 Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die
  • 1564 The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism
  • 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day. Referred to as Invasion Day by some First Nations people.
  • 1998 President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
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Jan 26 in Film & TV

  • 1926 John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London

Jan 26 in Music

Jan 26 in Sport

  • 1871 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at Pall Mall restaurant, London, England

Did You Know?

175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

On January 26, 1980

Would You Believe?

Serbian air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute - world's highest fall without a parachute

On January 26, 1972

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