Holidays Calendar for January 26, 2016

Australia Day, celebrated annually on January 26, is one of the most important holidays for Australia. This day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet to Australia.

Republic Day is one of the three national holidays in India, along with Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. It is celebrated on January 26, honoring the date on which the country’s constitution came into force in 1950.

On January 26, the Dominican Republic celebrates Duarte Day. This public holiday honors Juan Pablo Duarte who is considered to be one of the architects of the independent Dominican Republic.

NRM Liberation Day is one of Uganda's public holidays. It is celebrated on January 26. The holiday commemorates the fall of Tito Okello's regime in 1986.

International Customs Day is observed on January 26 each year. It was introduced by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1983.

January 26 is a double professional holiday in Panama – Engineer's and Architect's Day. These two professions are closely intertwined, that's why they share one holiday.

Day of the International Recognition of Latvia is observed on January 26. Although it is an official observance, it is not celebrated as a public holiday in the Republic of Latvia.

One can celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day on any day of the week and month, but that's too much, isn't it? That is why there is a special day for this candy – January 26.

This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Patricia Lovell, Australian television host and producer, notable for her works in Australia, most remembered for Picnic at Hanging Rock.
  • 2011 Died: Gladys Horton, American R&B and pop singer, the founder and the leading singer of The Marvelettes.
  • 2001 An earthquake in Gujarat, India, caused more than 20,000 deaths.
  • 1998 Died: Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist and educator, inventor of the international Suzuki method of music education, developer of philosophy for educating people of all ages.
  • 1998 U.S. President Bill Clinton denied on American television having had sexual relation with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • 1993 Born: Cameron Bright, Canadian actor. Known for his role as Alec in The Twilight Saga, also appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, Thank You for Smoking, Godsend, Birth.
  • 1979 Died: Nelson Rockefeller, American politician, 41st Vice President of the United States, a member of the wealthy Rockefeller family.
  • 1967 Born: Colin Needham, English businessman, co-founder of Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
  • 1966 The Beaumont Children went missing form Glenelg Beach, South Australia. This case is one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history.
  • 1963 Born: José Mourinho, Portuguese footballer and manager. He managed Porto and Real Madrid for several years and now he is the current manager of Chelsea.
  • 1962 Ranger 3 was launched to study the moon. The space probe missed the moon by 22,000 miles.
  • 1958 Born: Ellen DeGeneres, American comedian, actress, and talk show host. She became famous due to sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998. Today she hosts her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
  • 1955 Born: Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer, known as the co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
  • 1952 Black Saturday in Egypt. Rioters burnt central business district in Cairo, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses.
  • 1933 Died: Alva Belmont, American multi-millionaire and a major figure in the women's suffrage movement.
  • 1932 Died: William Wrigley, Jr., American businessman, chewing gum industrialist, the founder of the Wrigley Company.
  • 1925 Born: Paul Newman, American actor, film director. The role in The Color of Money brought him an Academy Award in 1986. Newman is also known as the co-founder of Newman's Own.
  • 1921 Born: Akio Morita, Japanese businessman, known as the co-founder of Sony, one of the leading manufactures of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets.
  • 1920 Born: Hans Holzer, American-American author and paranormal researcher. He wrote over 100 books on supernatural and occult subjects for the popular market, hosted a TV show Ghost Hunter.
  • 1918 Born: Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romanian politician, the first President of Romania from 1974 to 1989.
  • 1905 The Cullinan, the world's diamond ever, was found at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa. The Cullinan's weight is 3,106.75 carats that is 0.621350 kg.
  • 1904 Born: Seán MacBride, Irish politician and prominent international politician. MacBride received the Nobel Prize a man who mobilized the conscience of the world in fight against injustice in 1974.
  • 1891 Died: Nikolaus Otto, German engineer, inventor of the Internal combustion engine, that efficiently burn fuel directly in a piston chamber.
  • 1824 Died: Théodore Géricault, French painter, mostly known for The Raft of the Medusa. Géricault died young, but he was one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement.
  • 1808 Rum Rebellion in Australia. This was the only one successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia.
  • 1795 Died: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer, the ninth son of Johann Sebastian Bach, often confused with other similarly named members of the Back family.
  • 1788 The British Fleet sailed into Port Jackson (another name is Sydney Harbor) to establish Sydney. This city became the first permanent European settlement on the continent.
  • 1697 Died: Georg Mohr, Danish mathematician who was the first to prove the Mohr–Mascheroni theorem (any geometric construction that can be done with compass and straightedge can also be done with compasses alone).
  • 1531 An earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal. Thousands of people died.
  • 1500 Vicente Yáñez Pinzón became the first European to set a foot on Brazil.