About January 26

January 26, 2022 is the 26th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 6 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.
  • 1589
    Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
  • 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
  • 1808
    Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
  • 1837
    Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
  • 1870
    American Civil War: Virginia rejoins the Union.
  • 1885
    Troops loyal to The Mahdi conquer Khartoum.
  • 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).
  • 1950
    The Constitution of India comes into force, forming a republic. Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first President of India. Observed as Republic Day in India.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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