January 26 Events in History - January 26 Birthdays - January 26 Deaths
2015 Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party, is elected as Prime Minister of Greece on an anti-austerity platform
2014 Stanislas Wawrinka wins his first Grand Slam title when he beats Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final
2014 Prominent Chinese legal activist, Xu Zhiyong, is sentenced to four years in prison; convicted of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order,' the case is seen as evidence that Communist Party leaders wish to expunge any challenges to the power or leadership
2013 The group of hackers known as Anonymous, hacks into the U.S. Sentencing Commission website as a response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz, an American computer programmer, and internet activist
2013 At the 2013 Australian Open, tennis pro Victoria Azarenka wins the women's singles event, after winning three sets in the final against Li Na
2012 On Australia Day nearly 200 indigenous protesters surround a restaurant in Canberra, trapping Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, opposition leader inside
2012 A U.S. gene sequencing company, Illumina, adopts a poison pill strategy, fighting against a hostile big by Roche Holding
2011 The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland
2011 Top airport security officials are fired after a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport kills 35 people, injures 130
2010 James Cameron's film, Avatar, surpasses his 1997 film Titanic, and becomes the highest grossing film of all time
2003 Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders 48-21
2001 Earthquake kills 20,000 in Bhuj, India
1998 25th American Music Award: Spice Girls and Babyface win
1998 Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip
1998 President Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"
1997 "Ideal Husband" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 308 performances
1997 85th Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (62 63 63)
1997 Brunswick World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by John Gant
1997 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots 35-21
1996 "Les Miserables," opens at Musichall Theatre, Duisburg
1995 New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman, dedicates a rest stop to Howard Stern
1993 West Indies defeat Australia by one run in 4th Test at Adelaide
1992 "Little Hotel on the Side" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 41 performances
1992 80th Australian Mens Tennis: Jim Courier beats S Edberg (63 36 64 62)
1992 Americans with Disabilities Act went into effect
1992 Superbowl XXVI: Washington Red Skins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24 in Minnesota Superbowl MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, quarterback
1991 "Few Good Men" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 497 performances
1991 65th Australian Womens Tennis: Monica Seles beats J Novotna (57 63 61)
1991 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church
1991 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
1991 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
1991 New York Lotto pays $90 million to nine winner (#s are 5-15-30-35-46-50)
1990 Annular eclipse visible over Antarctica and South Atlantic
1990 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asstistant General Manager (highest-ranking black female in a major-league front office)
1989 "Black and Blue" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 829 performances
1989 AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 B in 1988
1989 Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
1989 Madison Square Garden announces 2-year $100 M renovation plan
1989 Test debut of Mark Taylor, Australia vs. West Indies, Sydney
1989 U.S. computer security expert warns of catastrophic virus
1988 "Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 4,000+ performances
1988 Australia's 200th anniversary-parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbor
1987 14th American Music Award: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie and Alabama
1987 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
1986 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champ
1986 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
1986 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquerors Kampala Uganda
1986 Superbowl XX: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
1985 42th Golden Globes: Amadeus wins
1985 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
1984 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
1984 U.S. Navy exhibits Piasecki helistat-4 helicopters and a blimp able to lift 26 tons-Lakehurst, New Jersey
1983 Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from California
1982 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
1982 Mauno Koivisto elected president of Finland
1981 Sandeep Patil scores memorable 174 vs. Australia at Adelaide Oval
1980 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro
1980 Islanders and Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
1980 Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations
1979 "Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on CBS
1979 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht, Netherlands
1978 Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
1978 International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit
1978 Mario Soares forms Portuguese government
1978 Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
1977 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai and Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift, Helsinki
1976 6th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 23-20
1976 Belgium catholic elite start amnesty campaign for war criminals
1976 David Mamet's "American Buffalo," premieres in New York City
1976 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
1976 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20
1975 Edward Albee's "Seascape," premieres in New York City
1973 Belgium government of Leburton forms
1972 Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
1971 Charles Manson convicted of murder
1971 Dutch 2nd Chamber accept law against limitation of war crimes
1970 Pendleton, Ford and Cryer's "Last Sweet Days of Isaac," premieres in New York City
1969 "Red, White, and Maddox" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 41 performances
1968 Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die
1967 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1966 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:06.2)
1965 South Vietnam military coup under general Nguyen Khanh
1963 "Milk and Honey" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 543 performances
1963 Major League Rules Committee votes to expand strike zone
1962 Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's
1962 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
1962 David Diamond's 7th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
1962 U.S. launches Ranger 3, misses Moon by 22,000-mi (37,000-km)
1962 "Twist" is impure and bans it from all Catholic schools
1961 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
1961 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
1960 Danny Heater scores 135 pts in basketball game (Boys' HS)
1960 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
1960 Oakland enters AFL
1960 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot
1959 Italy government of Fanfani resigns
1959 KOKH TV channel 25 in Oklahoma City, OK (IND/PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 H Laskow replaces Moshe Dayan on as Israeli minister of Defense
1958 Jack Smith takes over for Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"
1958 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
1957 Bernanos and Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites," premieres
1957 Dutch PSP, Pacifist Socialistic Party, forms
1957 India annexes Kashmir
1957 Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
1956 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1956 Buddy Holly's 1st formal recording session
1956 Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin are elected to Hall of Fame
1956 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by U.S.S.R.
1954 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
1951 Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1950 India becomes a republic ceaseing to be a British dominion
1949 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 Executive Order 9981, end segregation in U.S. Armed Forces signed
1947 KLM Dakota crashes near Copenhagen, 22 die
1945 Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp
1942 1st U.S. force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Ireland
1942 Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German marshal Rommel
1940 Nazi's forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
1939 Federal Hall National Monument established
1939 Filming begins on 'Gone With the Wind'
1939 Franco conquers Barcelona
1934 Bradman scores 128 NSW vs. Victoria, 96 minutes, 17 fours 4 sixes
1934 Nazi Germany and Poland sign non-attack treaty for 10 years
1932 British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel (60 dead)
1932 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
1931 Hungary-Austria sign peace treaty
1931 Lynn Riggs' "Green Grow the Lilacs," premieres in New York City
1930 Cleveland's Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)
1929 Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence
1927 Maxwell Anderson's "Saturday's Children," premieres in New York City
1926 Television 1st demonstrated (J L Baird, London)
1924 Charles Jewtraw, U.S. 500m skater, takes 1st Winter Olympics gold medal
1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony," premieres in London
1921 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Netherlands forms
1921 Toronto St. Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
1920 Amadeo Modigliani's mistress jumps out of a window
1915 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established
1914 600 Dutch textile workers go on strike
1914 Vatican puts Belgian Nobel winner Maeterlinck's works in their index
1913 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for being a pro
1911 Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego
1911 Richard Strauss's opera "Die Rosenkavalier" premieres, Dresden
1910 Heavy rains cause floods in Paris
1907 J M Synge's "Playboy of Western World" opens; police are called
1905 Arnold Schonberg's "Pelleas und Melissande," premieres in Vienna
1905 Han Yong-woon [Bongwan, Manhae] (1879-1944) ordained a monk in Korea
1900 Henrik Ibsen's "Naar vi Dode Vaaguer," premieres in Stuttgart
1897 Battle at Bida Gold Coast: British troops beat Nupe's army
1891 Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua," premieres in New York City
1887 Battle of Dogali: Abyssinian Emperor John IV defeats Italians
1886 Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor
1885 Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum
1884 1st Dutch Wagner version of Elizabeth aria
1882 France government of Gambetta falls
1881 Union of Baptists Communities forms in Foxholl
1875 Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green
1871 British Rugby Union forms
1871 U.S. income tax repealed
1870 Virginia rejoins US
1863 54th Regiment (Black) infantry forms
1863 War Department authorizes Mass governor to recruit black troops
1862 Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive McClellan ignores order
1861 Louisiana becomes 6th state to secede
1850 1st German-language daily newspaper in U.S. published, New York City
1841 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
1838 Tennessee becomes 1st state to prohibit alcohol
1837 Michigan admitted as 26th U.S. state
1833 Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia," premieres in Milan
1802 Congress passes an act calling for a U.S. Capitol library
1797 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign treaty
1790 Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna
1789 John Odell signs contract for 336 pounds to build St. Peter's church (Bronx)
1788 Captain Arthur Phillip hoists English flag on Port Jackson, New South Wales
1784 Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
1748 England, Netherlands, Austria and Sardinia sign anti-French treaty
1736 Stanislaw Lesczynski flees Polish throne
1699 Venice, Poland and Austria sign peace treaty with Turkey
1697 Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night
1689 Jean Racine's "Esther," premieres in Saint-Cyr
1666 France declares war on England and Munster
1654 Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife
1531 Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die
1340 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France
66 5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet