January 26: Day of the Week
January 26, 2017 is the 26th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 339 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
January 26 Historical Event(s)
- 1589Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
- 1905The world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3106.75 carat, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
- 1911Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.
- 1918Finnish Civil War: A group of Red Guards hangs a red lantern atop the tower of Helsinki Workers’ Hall to symbolically mark the start of the war.
- 1920Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
- 1945World War II: The Red Army begins encircling the German Fourth Army near Heiligenbeil in East Prussia, which will end in destruction of the 4th Army two months later.
- 1949The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory sees first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope (until BTA-6 is built in 1976).
- 2004A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.
- 2005Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
- 2028New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Monkey in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 26?
- 1714Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, French sculptor (d. 1785)
- 1763Charles XIV John of Sweden, Napoleonic general (d. 1844)
- 1891Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
- 1904Ancel Keys, American scientist (d. 2004)
- 1927Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
- 1933Ercole Baldini, Italian cyclist
- 1949David Strathairn, American actor
- 1958Ellen DeGeneres, American actress and comedian
- 1960Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows)
- 1987Mia Rose, English/Portuguese singer
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