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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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)
- 1856First Battle of Seattle. Marines from the USS Decatur drive off American Indian attackers after all day battle with settlers.
- 1863American Civil War: Governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
- 1920Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
- 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).
- 1958Japanese ferry Nankai Maru capsizes off southern Awaji Island, Japan, 167 killed.
- 1965Hindi becomes the official language of India.
- 1980Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
- 2004President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
- 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?
- 1921Eddie Barclay, French producer (Barclay Records) (d. 2005)
- 1922Seán Flanagan, Irish Gaelic footballer and politician (d. 1993)
- 1925Paul Newman, American actor, philanthropist, race car driver and race team owner (d. 2008)
- 1927José Azcona del Hoyo, President of Honduras (d. 2005)
- 1941Scott Glenn, American actor
- 1943Jean Knight, American singer
- 1963Andrew Ridgeley, English musician
- 1967Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer
- 1982Brahim Takioullah, Moroccan Guiness World Records holder for the “World’s largest feet”
- 1984Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
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