This was 26th day of the year and 339 days remained in the year.

January 26 Birthdays

Douglas MacArthur
1880–1964, American General.

Charles XIV
king of Sweden and Norway (1763)

Bessie Coleman
aviator (1893)

Paul Newman
actor (1925)

Jules Feiffer
cartoonist and writer (1927)

Angela Davis
activist (1944)

David Strathairn
actor (1949)

Ellen DeGeneres
comedienne, actress (1958)

Wayne Gretzky
hockey player (1961)

January 26 in History


The first European settlers landed in Sydney, Australia.


Congress passed an act calling for establishment of a library within the US Capitol.


Michigan became the 26th state in the United States.


India, three years after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom, formally became a republic.


Former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.


Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway. It would go on to become the longest-running Broadway show.


Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.


A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked the Indian state of Gujarat, killing more than 20,000 people.


President Hamid Karzai signed the new constitution of Afghanistan.

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