What happened this day in history January 26

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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 340 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 13, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,579,996,800 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 383 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 2,592 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 26 Historical Events

  • 1736
    Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne.
  • 1885
    Troops loyal to The Mahdi conquer Khartoum.
  • 1939
    Spanish Civil War: Troops loyal to nationalist General Francisco Franco and aided by Italy take Barcelona.
  • 1961
    John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
  • 1965
    Hindi becomes the official language of India.
  • 1966
    The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • 2009
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 26?

  • 1541
    Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
  • 1826
    Julia Dent-Grant, First Lady of the United States (d. 1902)
  • 1900
    Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1908
    Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)
  • 1908
    Rupprecht Geiger, German painter (d. 2009)
  • 1908
    Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist (d. 1997)
  • 1933
    Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
  • 1941
    Henry Jaglom, English director
  • 1964
    Paul Johansson, American actor
  • 1982
    Reggie Hodges, American football player

Who died on January 26?

  • 1886
    David Rice Atchison, American politician (b. 1807)
  • 1926
    John Flannagan, American educator
  • 1942
    Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (b. 1868)
  • 1961
    Stan Nichols, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1993
    Jan Gies, Dutch resistance leader (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Frank Howard, American college football player and coach (b. 1909)
  • 1996
    Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, (b. 1921)
  • 1996
    Harold Brodkey, American author (b. 1930)
  • 1998
    Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (b. 1898)

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