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)
- 1589Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
- 1736Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates his throne.
- 1788The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
- 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.
- 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.
- 1960Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia)
- 1998Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
- 2009New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.
Who were born on January 26?
- 1813Juan Pablo Duarte, Dominican founding father (d. 1876)
- 1832George Shiras Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1924)
- 1891Frank Costello, Italian-born American gangster (d. 1973)
- 1891Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
- 1892Zara Cully, American actress (d. 1978)
- 1923Anne Jeffreys, American actress
- 1950Janet Lupo, American model
- 1953Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO
- 1977Tye Tribbett, American Singer
- 1984Wu Qian, Chinese classical pianist
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