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January 26th, 2006 (January 26 2006)EventWestern Union discontinues use of its telegram service.
January 26th, 2005 (January 26 2005)EventGlendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
January 26th, 2005 (January 26 2005)EventCondoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.Condoleezza Rice Quotes
January 26th, 2004 (January 26 2004)EventPresident Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.Hamid Karzai Quotes
January 26th, 2004 (January 26 2004)EventA whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing Sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
January 26th, 2001 (January 26 2001)EventAn earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
January 26th, 1998 (January 26 1998)EventLewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.Bill Clinton Quotes
January 26th, 1992 (January 26 1992)EventBoris Yeltsin announces that Russia is going to stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.Boris Yeltsin Quotes
January 26th, 1991 (January 26 1991)EventMohamed Siad Barre is removed in Somalia, ending centralized government
January 26th, 1988 (January 26 1988)EventAndrew Lloyd Webber s The Phantom of the Opera has its first performance on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York.
January 26th, 1980 (January 26 1980)EventIsrael and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
January 26th, 1966 (January 26 1966)EventThe Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
January 26th, 1965 (January 26 1965)EventHindi becomes the official language of India.
January 26th, 1962 (January 26 1962)EventRanger program: Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later missed the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
January 26th, 1961 (January 26 1961)EventJohn F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.John F. Kennedy Quotes
January 26th, 1958 (January 26 1958)EventJapanese ferry Nankai Maru capsized off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
January 26th, 1952 (January 26 1952)EventBlack Saturday in Egypt: riots burn Cairo s central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
January 26th, 1950 (January 26 1950)EventIndia promulgates its constitution forming a republic and Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first president Republic Day.
January 26th, 1942 (January 26 1942)EventWorld War II: The first United States forces arrive in Europe landing in Northern Ireland.
January 26th, 1939 (January 26 1939)EventSpanish Civil War: Troops loyal to nationalist General Francisco Franco and aided by Italy take Barcelona.
January 26th, 1934 (January 26 1934)EventThe Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.
January 26th, 1934 (January 26 1934)EventGerman-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed.
January 26th, 1930 (January 26 1930)EventThe Indian National Congress declares 26 January as Independence Day or as the day for Poorna Swaraj (Complete Independence) which occurred 20 years later.
January 26th, 1920 (January 26 1920)EventFormer Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.O. Henry Quotes
January 26th, 1911 (January 26 1911)EventGlenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful seaplane.
January 26th, 1911 (January 26 1911)EventRichard Strauss opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.Richard Strauss Quotes
January 26th, 1907 (January 26 1907)EventThe Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Service, and remains the oldest military rifle still in official use.
January 26th, 1905 (January 26 1905)EventThe Cullinan Diamond is found near Pretoria, South Africa at the Premier Mine.
January 26th, 1885 (January 26 1885)EventTroops loyal to The Mahdi conquer Khartoum.
January 26th, 1870 (January 26 1870)EventAmerican Civil War: Virginia rejoins the Union.
January 26th, 1863 (January 26 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: General Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac after the disastrous Fredericksburg campaign. He is replaced by Joseph Hooker. Ambrose Quotes
January 26th, 1863 (January 26 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
January 26th, 1861 (January 26 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
January 26th, 1856 (January 26 1856)EventFirst Battle of Seattle (1856). Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
January 26th, 1855 (January 26 1855)EventPoint No Point Treaty signed in Washington Territory.
January 26th, 1841 (January 26 1841)EventThe United Kingdom formally occupies Hong Kong, which China later formally ceded.
January 26th, 1838 (January 26 1838)EventTennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
January 26th, 1837 (January 26 1837)EventMichigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
January 26th, 1808 (January 26 1808)EventRum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
January 26th, 1788 (January 26 1788)EventThe British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Sydney Harbour to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
January 26th, 1736 (January 26 1736)EventStanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne.
January 26th, 1700 (January 26 1700)EventThe magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records.
January 26th, 1699 (January 26 1699)EventTreaty of Carlowitz signed.
January 26th, 1589 (January 26 1589)EventJob is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
January 26th, 1565 (January 26 1565)EventBattle of Talikota, fought between the Vijayanagara Empire and the Islamic sultanates of the Deccan, leads to the subjugation, and eventual destruction of the last Hindu kingdom in India, and the consolidation of Islamic rule over much of the Indian subcontinent.
January 26th, 1564 (January 26 1564)EventThe Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
January 26th, 1531 (January 26 1531)EventLisbon, Portugal hit by an earthquake--thousands die.
January 26th, 1500 (January 26 1500)EventVicente Yanez Pinzon becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.
January 26th, 1340 (January 26 1340)EventKing Edward III of England is declared King of France.

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