About January 26

January 26, 2024 is the 26th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 340 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 15 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 26

  • 1500
    Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.
  • 1699
    Treaty of Carlowitz is signed.
  • 1856
    First Battle of Seattle. Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
  • 1870
    American Civil War: Virginia rejoins the Union.
  • 1905
    The world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3106.75 carat, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
  • 1907
    The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Service, and remains the second oldest military rifle still in official use.
  • 1911
    Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
  • 1942
    World War II: The first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Red Army begins encircling the German Fourth Army near Heiligenbeil in East Prussia, which will end in destruction of the 4th Army two months later.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
    President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
  • 2005
    Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • 2009
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.

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