Historical Events on January 26

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  • 66 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

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1340 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1482 "Pentateuch" the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy
  • 1500 Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot in Brazil
  • 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
  • 1589 Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
  • 1654 Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife
  • 1666 France declares war on England & Munster
  • 1689 Jean Racine's "Esther" premieres in Saint-Cyr

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1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1699 Venice, Poland & Austria sign Treaty of Carlowitz with Ottoman Empire
  • 1700 The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records
  • 1736 Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates his throne
  • 1748 Britain, Netherlands, Austria & Sardinia sign anti-French treaty

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1784 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day
  • 1789 John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church in the Bronx

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1790 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
  • 1797 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign treaty
  • 1802 Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library
  • 1808 Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia
  • 1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan
  • 1837 Michigan admitted as 26th US state
  • 1838 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 1850 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
  • 1857 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville delivers his design for a phonautograph, which created visual images of sound, to the French Academy
  • 1861 Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

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1862 Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive, General George McClellan ignores order

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1863 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1870 US Congress authorises Virginia to rejoin the union
  • 1871 British Rugby Union forms
  • 1871 US income tax repealed
  • 1875 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green
  • 1881 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
  • 1882 France government of Gambetta falls
  • 1884 1st Dutch Wagner version of Elizabeth aria
  • 1885 Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum
  • 1887 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians

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1891 Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua" premieres in NYC

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1897 Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army
  • 1900 Henrik Ibsen's "Naar vi Dode Vaaguer" premieres in Stuttgart

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1905 Arnold Schoenberg's "Pelleas und Melissande" premieres in Vienna

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • 1905 Han Yong-woon [Bongwan, Manhae] (1879-1944) ordained a monk in Korea
  • 1905 World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa
  • 1907 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed
  • 1907 John Millington Synge's "Playboy of Western World" opens in Dublin; play claimed as immoral and causes riots
  • 1907 The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III rifle officially introduced into British Military Service, 2nd oldest military rifle still in official use
  • 1907 In Austria, universal and direct suffrage (limited to males over 24) is introduced, a reform long demanded by the socialists and others
  • 1910 Heavy rains cause floods in Paris

  • 1911 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
  • 1911 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden

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1913 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1914 600 Dutch textile workers go on strike
  • 1914 Vatican puts Belgian Nobel winner Maeterlinck's works in their index
  • 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established

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1918 Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for "wheatless" & "meatless" days for war effort

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1920 Amadeo Modigliani's fiancé Jeanne Hébuterne jumps out of a window a day after the artist's funeral killing herself and her unborn child
  • 1920 Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer
  • 1921 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • 1921 Toronto St Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
  • 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London
  • 1924 Charles Jewtraw, US 500m skater, takes 1st Winter Olympic gold medal
  • 1924 17th Women's Australasian Championships: Sylvia Lance Harper beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-3, 3-6, 8-6)
  • 1924 17th Men's Australasian Championships: James Anderson beats Richard Schlesinger (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)

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

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1927 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City
  • 1929 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence
  • 1930 Cleveland's Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)
  • 1931 Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
  • 1931 Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs" premieres in NYC
  • 1931 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)
  • 1932 British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel (60 dead)
  • 1932 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW

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1934 Bradman scores 128 NSW v Victoria, 96 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 Nazi Germany & Poland sign 10-year non-aggression treaty
  • 1934 The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
  • 1939 Federal Hall National Monument established
  • 1939 Filming begins on film "Gone With the Wind"

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1939 Franco conquers Barcelona

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1940 Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • 1942 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland

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1942 Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1945 Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1947 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
  • 1948 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • 1948 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats John Bromwich (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
  • 1949 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 Constitution of independent India comes into effect, Rajendra Prasad elected India's first president
  • 1951 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1952 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • 1954 Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland
  • 1956 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1956 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1956 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • 1957 Bernanos & Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres
  • 1957 Dutch Pacifist Socialist Party forms
  • 1957 India annexes Kashmir
  • 1957 Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves

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1958 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • 1958 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
  • 1958 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • 1958 Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
  • 1959 Italy government of Fanfani resigns
  • 1959 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 47th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Renee Schuurman Haygarth (6-2, 6-3)
  • 1959 47th Men's Australian Championships: Alex Olmedo beats Neale Fraser (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)
  • 1960 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • 1960 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1960 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

Music release#1 in the Charts

1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1961 1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's "Twist" is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools
  • 1962 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
  • 1962 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
  • 1962 US launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
  • 1963 "Milk & Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 543 performances
  • 1963 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
  • 1965 South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
  • 1966 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
  • 1966 The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1967 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1967 Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned
  • 1968 Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
  • 1969 "Red, White, & Maddox" opens at Cort Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1969 Minister of Health and Social Services William Morgan resigns from the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969 Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague
  • 1970 Pendleton, Ford & Cryer's "Last Sweet Days of Isaac," premieres in NYC
  • 1970 "Bridge over Troubled Water" 5th and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Engineered Non-Classical Album 1971)
  • 1971 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • 1972 Serbian air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute - world's highest fall without a parachute
  • 1973 Belgium government of Leburton forms
  • 1974 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 1st time

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1974 31st Golden Globes: "The Exorcist", Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

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1975 Edward Albee's "Seascape" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 1976 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals
  • 1976 David Mamet's "American Buffalo" premieres in NYC
  • 1976 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • 1976 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20
  • 1977 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift in Helsinki
  • 1978 Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
  • 1978 International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit

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1978 Mário Soares forms Portuguese government

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 1978 Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
  • 1979 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS
  • 1979 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

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1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1980 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • 1980 Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations
  • 1980 Mary Decker became 1st woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes
  • 1981 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 v Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • 1982 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
  • 1982 Mauno Koivisto elected president of Finland
  • 1982 For the first time since the 1930s, the unemployed population in UK rises above three million
  • 1983 Dutch British infrared satellite IRAS launched from California
  • 1984 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1984 US navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters & a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1985 42nd Golden Globes: "Amadeus", F. Murray Abraham, & Sally Field win

  • 1985 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
  • 1986 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • 1986 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • 1986 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala Uganda
  • 1986 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE

Music awardsMusic Awards

1987 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
Singer Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
  • 1987 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • 1988 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances
  • 1988 Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour
  • 1989 "Black & Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 829 performances
  • 1989 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
  • 1989 Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
  • 1989 Madison Square Garden announces 2-year $100m renovation plan
  • 1989 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia v West Indies, Sydney
  • 1989 US computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
  • 1990 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica & South Atlantic
  • 1990 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)
  • 1991 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 497 performances
  • 1991 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
  • 1991 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
  • 1991 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • 1991 NY Lotto pays $90 million to nine winners (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)
  • 1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 41 performances
  • 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act comes into effect
  • 1992 Super Bowl XXVI: Wash Red Skins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24 in Minn Super Bowl MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB
  • 1992 80th Men's Australian Open: Jim Courier beats Stefan Edberg (6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1992 80th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Mary Joe Fernandez (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1992 8th Sundance Film Festival: "In the Soup" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 1993 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide

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1995 NJ Governor Christine Whitman, dedicates a rest stop to Howard Stern

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1996 "Les Miserables" opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
  • 1997 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1997 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
  • 1997 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans
  • 1997 85th Men's Australian Open: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (6-2, 6-3, 6-3)
  • 1997 85th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2)
  • 1997 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music awardsMusic Awards

1998 25th American Music Awards: Spice Girls & Babyface win

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton
Singer Melanie Brown
Melanie Brown
  • 1998 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

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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"

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2001 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.