What are the important events that happened on January 26? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
January 26: Facts & Myths About This Day
January 26 is the 26th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 13, 2023 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,674,691,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘icosihexagon’ day.
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Aquarius is the zodiac 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 380 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,688 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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January 26 Historical Events
Battle 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.
Treaty of Carlowitz is signed.
The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake takes place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records.
Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rooster in Chinese astrology.
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.
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).
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.
Black Saturday in Egypt: rioters burn Cairo’s central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
Rioting breaks out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that will result in the replacement of President Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina.
Who were born on January 26?
Marc Mitscher, American admiral (d. 1947)
Bessie Coleman, American pioneer aviator (d. 1926)
Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
Jimmy Van Heusen, American songwriter (d. 1990)
Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
Scott Glenn, American actor
Tom Keifer, American musician (Cinderella)
Sanae Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
Petri Oravainen, Finnish footballer
Hero, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
Who died on January 26?
Gabriel Christie, British general (b. 1722)
Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1846)
David Rice Atchison, American politician (b. 1807)
Nikolai Vavilov, Russian botanist (b. 1887)
Stan Nichols, English cricketer (b. 1900)
Edward G. Robinson, American actor (b. 1893)
José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1912)
Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist (b. 1912)
Henry Lewis, American musician and conductor (b. 1932)
Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)
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