Born on this day 26th January
1716 George Germain
1905 Baroness Maria Von Trapp
1908 Jill Esmond
1919 Bill Nicholson
1922 Michael Bentine
1941 Henry Jaglom
1945 Marti Caine
1945 Jacqueline du Pré
1925 Paul Newman
1928 Eartha Kitt
1946 Christopher Hampton
1957 Eddie Van Halen
1958 Norman Hassan
1963 Andrew Ridgley
1984 Layla Kayleigh
1996 Tyger Drew-Honey
Died on this day
1824 Edward Jenner
1973 Edward G Robinson
1985 James Cameron
1974 Shortly after his death, Jim Croce held the top 2 places on the US album charts and had 3 separate singles in the top 100.
1979 Bob Dylan launched his own record label, Accomplice Records.
1985 Foreigner were at the top of the singles chart with ‘ I Want To Know What Love is’.
1989 Bobby Brown was arrested in Georgia for alleged lewdness on stage.
1988 British boxer Nigel Benn, popularly known as ‘The Dark Destroyer’ was released by his manager Burt McCarthy leaving him free to join new manager, Frank Warren.
1997 16 year old Martina Hingis of Switzerland won the Australian Open tennis championship to become the youngest winner of a modern Grand Slam tournament.
People & Showbiz
1988 Australia celebrated its 200th birthday with a bicentenary party in Sydney attended by 2 million people where the Prince and Princess of Wales appeared as guests of honour.
1993 Italian clothes company Benetton was to use photos of its chairman naked in adverts to urge shoppers to donate cast-offs to charity
1788 The 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.
1841 The United Kingdom formally occupies Hong Kong, which China later formally cedes.
1930 The Indian National Congress declares 26 January as Independence Day or as the day for Poorna Swaraj (Complete Independence) which occurred 20 years later.
1961 John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.
1982 It was announced that unemployment in Britain had risen to above 3 million for the first time since the 1930’s, a rise of 130,000 in a month.
1989 The British Medical Journal reported that during the coming years people would be able to shop in ‘genetic supermarkets’ for laboratory engineered genes to change their looks, increase their intelligence and make them feel happier.
1989 A report by the School of Education at Manchester Polytechnic disclosed that boys needed more help with learning to write than girls. They believed that writing was something that mothers did, not fathers.
1992 Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.
1993 Dudley Road Hospital in Birmingham was to take newborn babies’ thumbprints to stop them from being given to the wrong parents. If the pilot scheme was successful, it would be used in other maternity units.
1998 On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2004 A whale explodes in the town of Tainan, Taiwan. A build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale is suspected of causing the explosion.