26 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Charles XIV Sweden & Norway, 1763
  • Gen. Douglas MacArthur, 1880
  • Maria Von Trapp, 1905
  • Stéphane Grappelli, 1908
  • Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913
  • Nicolae Ceausescu, 1918
  • Akio Morita, 1921
  • Paul Newman, 1925
  • Eartha Kitt, 1928
  • Roger Vadim, 1928
  • Jules Feiffer, 1929
  • Bob Uecker, 1935
  • Scott Glenn, 1942
  • Angela Davis, 1944
  • Jacqueline Du Pre, 1945
  • Gene Siskel, 1946
  • Christopher Hampton, 1946
  • Eddie Van Halen, 1957
  • Ellen DeGeneres, 1958
  • Wayne Gretzky, 1961

Died On This Day:

  • Dr. Edward Jenner, 1824
  • General Charles Gordon killed, 1885
  • Abner Doubleday, 1893
  • Charles 'Lucky' Luciano, 1962
  • Nelson Rockefeller, 1979
  • Paul 'Bear' Bryant, 1983
  • Lord Harlech, 1985
  • Lewis Mumford, 1990
  • José Ferrer, 1992
  • Hugh Trevor Roper, 2003
  • Mike Connors, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1340 - English King Edward III proclaims himself King of France.
  • 1695 - Pirate Captain Kidd invents Workers Compensation, gives pieces of eight to injured crew.
  • 1788 - First British convicts settle in Australia after deciding that Port Jackson (now Sydney) is better than Botany Bay.
  • 1802 - Napoleon becomes President of Italian Republic
  • 1837 - Michigan 26th state admitted to Union.
  • 1838 - Tennessee outlaws all bars and saloons in first statewide attempt at prohibition.
  • 1841 - British sovereignty over Hong Kong proclaimed.
  • 1861 - Louisiana seceded from Union.
  • 1875 - The electric dentists drill patented by inventor George F. Green of Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 1885 - Mahdi Troops capture Khartoum.
  • 1905 - Discovery of Cullinan Diamond, 3106 carats, by Capt. M.F. Wells at Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 1926 - John Logie Baird gives earliest demo of TV at in Frith St. Soho, London for 50 scientists.
  • 1939 - Barcelona falls to Spanish Nationalists under Franco.
  • 1949 - First test photograph at Mt. Palomar observatory.
  • 1950 - India proclaimed a Republic within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1968 - Giant bank merger in Britain; National Provincial and Westminster become Natwest.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Alberic
  • Polycarp
  • Paula
  • Eystein

Holiday:

  • Republic Day in India (1950)
  • Birth of Duarte celebrated in Dominican Republic
  • Australia Day

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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