It happened today – this day in history – January 26

1340: England’s Edward III is proclaimed king of France.

1531: An earthquake hits Lisbon, killing 30,000.

1564: The Council of Trent issues its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

1666: France declares war on England and Munster.

1697: Isaac Newton receives a 6 month time-limit problem from Jean Bernoulli and solves it before going to bed.

1736: Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates.

1788: Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the Union Flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, Australia.

1790: Mozart’s opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” premieres in Vienna.

1808: The Rum Rebellion is a short lived armed takeover of the government in Australia.

1823:The father of immunology, Edward Jenner, dies aged 73.

1837: Michigan becomes the 26th state of the USA.

1841: Hong Kong is proclaimed as a sovereign territory of Britain.

1857: Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama, is born in Tibet.

1861: Louisiana secedes from the Union in the American Civil War.

1875: The electric dental drill is patented by George F Green.

1885: Mahdi rebels conquer Khartoum.

1891: Oscar Wilde’s “Duchess of Padua” premieres in New York.

1905: The world’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa.

1907: John Millington Synge’s “Playboy of Western World” opens in Dublin.

1911: Glenn Curtiss pilots the first successful hydroplane.

1926: John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London.

1932: Sixty die when the British submarine M-2 sinks in English Channel.

1939: Franco’s troops conquer Barcelona.

1942: The first US forces in Europe during the Second World War go ashore in Northern Ireland.

1945: Soviet forces liberate the inmates at Auschwitz concentration camp.

1950: India becomes a republic.


1952: 20 people are killed and hundreds are injured in anti-British riots in Cairo.

1956: The Winter Olympic Games opens in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

1957: India annexes Kashmir.

1958: Elvis Presley – Loving You

1958: Album chart:

  1. Pal Joey – Original Soundtrack
  2. The King And I – Original Soundtrack
  3. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack
  4. Loving You – Elvis Presley
  5. A Swingin’ Affair – Frank Sinatra

1961: Singles chart:

  1. Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
  2. Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
  3. Portrait Of My Love – Matt Monro
  4. Counting Teardrops – Emile Ford and the Checkmats
  5. Pepe – Duane Eddy
  6. I Love You – Cliff Richard
  7. Perfidia -The Ventures
  8. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  9. Buona Sera – Acker Bilk
  10. You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnette

1962: Chubby Checker’s The Twist is banned from all catholic schools in the Buffalo diocese. On the same day, NASA launches Ranger 3, which misses the Moon by 22,000 miles.

1965: The South Vietnamese military stages a coup under general Nguyen Khanh.

1969: Police break up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague. On the same day, Margaret Court wins the first Australian Open tennis tournament, beating Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1.

1972: Serbian air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives the highest ever fall without a parachute – 10,160m.

1973: Hollywood actor Edward G. Robinson (Goldenberg) dies aged 79.

1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and songwriter, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital after threatening his accountant with an air rifle when he tried to deliver a £30,000 royalty cheque to him.

1980: Israel & Egypt establish diplomatic relations. On the same day, Mary Decker becomes the first woman to run a mile in under 4½ minutes.

1982: Unemployment in the UK tops 3 million.

1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd, is paralysed from the waist down and his girlfriend is killed in a car crash.

1992: The Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills, 37-24 to win the Super Bowl.

1997: The Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots, 35-21 to win the Super Bowl.

1998: US President Bill Clinton denies allegations he had an affair with 24-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky or that he asked her to lie under oath.

2001: A massive earthquake strikes western India and parts of Pakistan, killing 25,000.

2003: Singer-songwriter Billy Joel is airlifted to hospital after his car smashes into a tree in The Hamptons, New York. On the same day, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21 to win the Super Bowl.

2005: Condoleeza Rice becomes US Secretary of State.

2014: Lorde and Daft Punk are amongst the winners at the Grammy Awards.

2015: Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop in the Church of England.

2019: Composer Michel Legrand, dies aged 86.

2020: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash. On the same day, Billie Eilish scoops five awards at the Grammys.

BIRTHDAYS: Scott Glenn, actor, 82; Corky (Laurence) Laing, drummer (Mountain), 75; David Strathairn, actor, 74; Lucinda Williams, singer-songwriter, 70; Anita Baker, singer, 65; Ellen DeGeneres, comedian/TV host, 65; Andrew Ridgley (Wham!) 60; Jose Mourinho, football manager, 60; Jazzie B (Trevor Beresford Romeo OBE), producer/songwriter/DJ, 60; Wendy Melvoin, guitarist, (The Revolution/Wendy & Lisa) 59; Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City manager, 50; Colin O’Donoghue, actor, 42; Tyger Drew-Honey, actor, 27.