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 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

  • 1565
    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.
  • 1699
    Treaty of Carlowitz is signed.
  • 1700
    The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake takes place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records.
  • 1838
    Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1933
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rooster in Chinese astrology.
  • 1945
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    Black Saturday in Egypt: rioters burn Cairo’s central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
  • 2009
    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?

  • 1887
    Marc Mitscher, American admiral (d. 1947)
  • 1892
    Bessie Coleman, American pioneer aviator (d. 1926)
  • 1900
    Karl Ristenpart, German conductor (d. 1967)
  • 1913
    Jimmy Van Heusen, American songwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1921
    Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
  • 1941
    Scott Glenn, American actor
  • 1961
    Tom Keifer, American musician (Cinderella)
  • 1980
    Sanae Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
  • 1983
    Petri Oravainen, Finnish footballer
  • 1986
    Hero, South Korean singer (TVXQ)

Who died on January 26?

  • 1799
    Gabriel Christie, British general (b. 1722)
  • 1869
    Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1846)
  • 1886
    David Rice Atchison, American politician (b. 1807)
  • 1943
    Nikolai Vavilov, Russian botanist (b. 1887)
  • 1961
    Stan Nichols, English cricketer (b. 1900)
  • 1973
    Edward G. Robinson, American actor (b. 1893)
  • 1992
    José Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    Robert Jacobsen, Danish artist (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Henry Lewis, American musician and conductor (b. 1932)
  • 2001
    Al McGuire, American basketball coach (b. 1928)

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