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

  • 1500
    Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.
  • 1564
    The Council of Trent issues its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
  • 1589
    Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
  • 1699
    Treaty of Carlowitz is signed.
  • 1736
    Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne.
  • 1855
    Point No Point Treaty is signed in Washington Territory.
  • 1856
    First Battle of Seattle. Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed.
  • 1939
    Spanish Civil War: Troops loyal to nationalist General Francisco Franco and aided by Italy take Barcelona.
  • 1949
    The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Mohamed Siad Barre is removed from power in Somalia, ending centralized government, and is succeeded by Ali Mahdi.
  • 1992
    Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
  • 2005
    Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.

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