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 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.
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January 26 Historical Event(s)
- 1808Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
- 1838Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
- 1855Point No Point Treaty is signed in Washington Territory.
- 1905The world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan weighing 3106.75 carat, is found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.
- 1914New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- 1920Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.
- 1934German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact is signed.
- 1961John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
- 2001An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths.
- 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.
Who were born on January 26?
- 1891Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
- 1908Jill Esmond, English actress (d. 1990)
- 1932Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
- 1943César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
- 1961Tom Keifer, American musician (Cinderella)
- 1962Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
- 1977Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player
- 1979Sara Rue, American actress
- 1984Wu Qian, Chinese classical pianist
- 1988Yukiyo Mine, Japanese footballer
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