January 26: Day of the Week
January 26, 2017 was the 26th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 339 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1500Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil.
- 1531Lisbon, Portugal is hit by an earthquake--thousands die.
- 1589Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
- 1856First Battle of Seattle. Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
- 1861American Civil War: The state of Louisiana secedes from the Union.
- 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.
- 1965Hindi becomes the official language of India.
- 1978The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h).
- 2009Rioting breaks out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that will result in the replacement of President Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina.
- 2028New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Monkey in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 26?
- 1497Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
- 1864József Pusztai, Slovene writer, poet and journalist in Hungary (d. 1934)
- 1885Michael Considine, Australian politician (d. 1959)
- 1892Bessie Coleman, American pioneer aviator (d. 1926)
- 1937Joseph Saidu Momoh, Sierra Leone political leader (d. 2003)
- 1943César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
- 1943Jean Knight, American singer
- 1949Jonathan Carroll, American author
- 1980Sanae Kobayashi, Japanese voice actress
- 1984Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
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