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History… January 26


1500 – Vicente Yáñez Pinzón discovered Brazil.

1736 – Stanislaus I formally abdicated as King of Poland.

1784 – In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. He wanted the symbol to be the turkey.

1788 – The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in what became known as Sydney. The group had first settled at Botany Bay eight days before. This day is celebrated as Australia Day.

1802 – The U.S. Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.

1827 – Peru seceded from Colombia in protest against Simón Bolívar’s alleged tyranny.

1837 – Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States.

1841 – Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.

1861 – In the U.S.Louisiana seceded from the Union.

1870 – The state of Virgina rejoined the Union.

1875 – George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth.

1905 – The Cullinan diamond, at 3,106.75 carats, was found by Captain Wells at the Premier Mine, near Pretoria, South Africa.

1911 – Inventor Glenn H. Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane.

1934 – The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City.

1939 – In the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s forces, with Italian aid, took Barcelona.

1942 – The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.

1947 – “The Greatest Story Ever Told” was first heard on ABC radio.

1950 – India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

1950 – The American Associated Insurance Companies, of St. Louis, MO, issued the first baby sitter’s insurance policy.

1959 – “Alcoa Presents” debuted on ABC-TV. The show would later be renamed “One Step Beyond”.

1961 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy appointed Dr. Janet G. Travell as the first woman to be the “personal physician to the President”.

1962 – The U.S. launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. The probe missed its target by about 22,000 miles.

1965 – Hindi was made the official language of India.

1969 – California was declared a disaster area two days of flooding and mudslides.

1972 – In Hermsdorf, Czechoslovakia, a JAT Yugoslav Airlines flight crashed after the detonation of a bomb in the forward cargo hold killing 27 people. The bomb was believed to have been placed on the plane by a Croatian extremist group. Vesna Vulovic, a stewardess, survived after falling 33,000 feet in the tail section. She broke both legs and became paralyzed from the waist down.

1979 – The ‘Gizmo’ guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.

1984 – CBS television debuted Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer.”

1992 – Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

1993 – Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.

1994 – In Sydney, Australia, a young man lunged at and fired two blank shots at Britain’s Prince Charles.

1996 – U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury concerning the Whitewater probe.

1998 – U.S. President Clinton denied having an affair with a former White House intern, saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

1999 – Saddam Hussein vowed revenge against the U.S. in response to air-strikes that reportedly killed civilians. The strikes were U.S. planes defending themselves against anti-aircraft fire.

2009 – The Icelandic government and banking system collapsed. Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned.

2010 – It was announced that James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” had become the highest-grossing film worldwide.

2014 – In the U.S., the First Class postage rate increased to 49 cents.

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History… January 25


1504 – The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries to curb private warfare.

1533 – England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

1579 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.

1799 – Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.

1858 – Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.

1870 – G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.

1881 – Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.

1890 – The United Mine Workers of America was founded.

1915 – In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.

1924 – The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.

1937 – NBC radio presented the first broadcast of “The Guiding Light.” The show remained on radio until 1956 and began on CBS-TV in 1952.

1945 – Richard Tucker debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in the production of “La Gioconda”.

1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.

1949 – The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

1950 – A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.

1959 – In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1961 – John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.

1964 – Nike was founded. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports.

1971 – Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.

1981 – The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.

1987 – The New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI on NBC. The game featured TV commercials cost $550,000 for 30 seconds.

1998 – The Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos had lost 3 previous Super Bowl appearances with quarterback John Elway.

1999 – In Louisville, KY, man received the first hand transplant in the United States.

2010 – In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

2011 – A revolution began in Egypt with the demonstrations that demanded the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

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