On This Day

Historical Events on January 26 (Part 2)

  • 1997 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR

Australian Men's Tennis Open

1997 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his 2nd and last Australian title; beats Carlos Moyá of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

Australian Open Women's Tennis

1997 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis becomes first Swiss player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-2, 6-2

  • 1997 13th Sundance Film Festival: "Sunday" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

NHL Record

1997 Mario Lemieux ties NHL record with 4 goals in the 3rd period as Pittsburgh wins, 5-2 at Montreal; 39th career hat trick and 13th 4-goal game, tying NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky & Mike Bossy

Historic Event

1998 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

'I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman'

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"

  • 2001 An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
  • 2002 Australian Open Women's Tennis: American Jennifer Capriati wins her 2nd consecutive Australian title; beats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
  • 2003 Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualc:omm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders, 48-21; MVP: Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, S

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2003 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi of the US wins his 8th and last Grand Slam title; beats Rainer Schuttler of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1

  • 2003 19th Sundance Film Festival: "American Splendor", directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2004 President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
  • 2004 A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
  • 2004 Mydoom , the most destructive computer worm (so far), first sighted on computers in North America. Goes on to cause $38 billion in damages.

Historic Event

2005 Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, the first African American woman to hold the post

  • 2005 Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • 2006 Western Union discontinues its telegram service.

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2008 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Russian Maria Sharapova wins her first and only Australian title; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 7-5, 6-3

Music Single

2009 "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" single released by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain (Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

  • 2009 "I Run to You" single by Lady Antebellum is released (Grammy Award Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal 2009, Billboard Song of the Year 2009)
  • 2010 After 6 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK economy officially finally comes out of recession with a GDP growth of 0.1%

Swine Flu Pandemic

2010 The World Health Organization rejects claims that it overstated the severity of the swine flu pandemic under pressure from vaccine companies

  • 2013 30 people are killed during a violent protest in Port Said, Egypt
  • 2013 10 people are killed and 20 are injured by a suicide bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan
  • 2013 The United States Sentencing Commission is hacked by Anonymous in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz
  • 2013 Miloš Zeman wins the Czech Republic’s presidential election

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2013 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins her 2nd straight Australian title; beats Li Na of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Grammy Awards

2014 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

  • 2014 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2014 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his first major title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

  • 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Rice beats Team Sanders, 22-21; MVPs: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB; Derrick Johnson, KC Chiefs, LB
  • 2014 30th Sundance Film Festival: "Whiplash", directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 2015 Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England
  • 2016 Cold snap across East Asia leads to more than 50 deaths and 60,000 travellers stranded in South Korea
  • 2016 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • 2018 Residents left without heat in -27C in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after boiler breaks in main power station

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2019 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka becomes world #1 ranked player with 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic; first Japanese player to win Australian singles title

  • 2019 64th NHL All Star Games, SAP Centre, San Jose, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
  • 2019 Five people shot and killed in domestic deputes in Louisiana, a 21- year old gunman arrested a day later

Sports History

2020 LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, southern California; considered one of the greatest players in the game's history

  • 2020 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida: AFC beats NFC, 38-33; MVP's: Lamar Jackson, QB (Baltimore Ravens), Calais Campbell, DE (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Grammy Awards

2020 62nd Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish wins 5 Grammys, including album, record and song of the year

  • 2021 Antony Blinken confirmed by US Senate as Secretary of State