About January 26

January 26, 2021 is the 26th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Aquarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 17 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 26

  • 1531
    Lisbon, Portugal is hit by an earthquake--thousands die.
  • 1699
    Treaty of Carlowitz is signed.
  • 1700
    The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake takes place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records.
  • 1788
    The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
  • 1838
    Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
  • 1905
    The world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3106.75 carat, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
  • 1918
    Finnish Civil War: A group of Red Guards hangs a red lantern atop the tower of Helsinki Workers’ Hall to symbolically mark the start of the war.
  • 1924
    Saint Petersburg, Russia, is renamed Leningrad.
  • 1930
    The Indian National Congress declares 26 January as Independence Day or as the day for Poorna Swaraj (Complete Independence) which occurred 20 years later.
  • 1933
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1961
    John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
  • 1962
    Ranger program: Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
  • 1965
    Hindi becomes the official language of India.
  • 1966
    The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1978
    The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h).
  • 1980
    Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • 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.
  • 2009
    Rioting breaks out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that will result in the replacement of President Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina.

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