🗓️ On This Day - January 26th
January 26th is a day notable for many different historical firsts, and no doubt plenty of you out there are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries! If you’ve headed here to find out who you share your birthday with, or to check up on historic events from years gone by, you’re in for a treat. Keep reading for our complete rundown on January 26th!
On this day
Europeans make their home in Australia.
It was on January 26th 1788 that European visitors are said to have first made their homes Down Under - as the “first fleet” arriving into Sydney contained British passengers looking to spread their wings overseas.
Franco takes Barcelona.
Through ongoing conflicts during the Spanish Civil War, General Franco and his nationalist forces took hold of the city of Barcelona, as republicans continued to fight against King Alfonso XIII. This notable event took place on January 26th, back in 1939. The conflict would go on to take more than a million people’s lives.
It was on January 26th 1905 that South African miners uncovered what’s still believed to be the biggest diamond ever unearthed. The Cullinan Diamond, as it became known, is said to be worth more than $2 billion - and it weighs more than 3,100 carats! What a birthday gift that would be…!
India celebrated its first Republic Day.
On January 26th 1950, India gained independence from British rule. Dr. Rajendra Prasad took an oath for office, having worked closely with the legendary Mahatma Gandhi. Despite having gained independence, both India and the UK have a fairly close relationship in many ways.
Bill Clinton denies the Lewinsky affair.
In a TV moment that remains iconic of the decade, it was on January 26th 1998 that then-US President Bill Clinton would remark that he did not have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. The Lewinsky scandal would lead to Clinton’s impeachment, though he would remain in office until the end of his second term.
Special Days Falling on January 26thIf it’s your birthday or anniversary today, congratulations! Here are a few more reasons to remember January 26th.
Dental Drill Appreciation Day
Ok - so, no one likes being on the receiving end of a dentist’s drill! However, without it, we’d be in a lot of trouble. Today is apparently a great day to appreciate dentists and their tools - and honestly, getting an occasional cavity filled is much more appealing than putting up with endless toothache…
January 26th marks Australia Day, the nation’s official day. It marks the first landing of European settlers into the country, as noted above! The day tends to be celebrated with family gatherings and large displays - and why not?
National Spouses Day
Hopefully a bit less painful is National Spouses Day - a great opportunity to show him or her in your life how much they mean to you. Say it with flowers, chocolates, or some kindly chosen words - it’s entirely your call!
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