January 26: Day of the Week
January 26, 2020 was the 26th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 340 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
- 1863American Civil War: General Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac after the disastrous Fredericksburg campaign. He is replaced by Joseph Hooker.
- 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.
- 1914New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Tiger in Chinese astrology.
- 1924Saint Petersburg, Russia, is renamed Leningrad.
- 1950The Constitution of India comes into force, forming a republic. Rajendra Prasad is sworn in as its first President of India. Observed as Republic Day in India.
- 1962Ranger program: Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
- 1966The Beaumont Children go missing from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
- 1980Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.
- 2009Rioting breaks out in Antananarivo, Madagascar, sparking a political crisis that will result in the replacement of President Marc Ravalomanana with Andry Rajoelina.
Who were born on January 26?
- 1891August Froehlich, German Roman Catholic priest, member of the resistance against Nazism and martyr (d.1942)
- 1891Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
- 1930Napoleón Abueva, Filipino sculptor
- 1947Patrick Dewaere, French actor (d. 1982)
- 1950Janet Lupo, American model
- 1953Lucinda Williams, American singer
- 1967Pradip Somasundaran, Indian playback singer
- 1978Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player
- 1986Hero, South Korean singer (TVXQ)
- 1993Peter Čerešňák, Slovak ice hockey player
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