Today in History, January 26th

By | January 26, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 26th!

1699 The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.
1720 Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire.
1788 A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day.
1802 Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
1837 Michigan became the 26th state.
1861 Louisiana secedes from the Union.
1863 President Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.


Joseph Hooker

1870 Virginia rejoined the Union.
1875 Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
1885 General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
1924 Petrograd is renamed Leningrad.
1925 Actor Paul Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1934 Germany signs a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French alliance system.
1942 American Expeditionary Force lands in Northern Ireland.
1943 The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines inBurma.
1950 India proclaimed itself a republic.
1964 Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1969 California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
1979 Former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died at age 70.
1988 The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running show in Broadway history, opened at the Majestic Theater in New York.
1993 Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.

Vaclav Havel-2007

President Vaclav Havel

1996 First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe.
2001 An earthquake hit the Indian subcontinent, killing more than 13,000 people.
2005 Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state.
2006 Confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir “A Million Little Pieces.”
2009 “Octomom” Nadya Suleman of Whittier, Calif., gave birth to octuplets conceived by in vitro fertilization. Suleman was already a mother of six.


Octo-Mom’s Baby Belly

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

Author: Today in History

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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