Today in History - January 26th

  • 1784 - On this day in history, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America in a letter that he had sent to his daughter.
  • 1788 - The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in what became known as Sydney.
  • 1802 - Today in history, The Congress passed an act for a library to be established within the United States Capitol.
  • 1837 - Michigan became the 26th state to join the United States. 
  • 1934 - On this day in history, the legendary Apollo Theater opened in New York City. 
  • 1942 - The first American force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland. 
  • 1947 - Today in history, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" was first heard on radio. 
  • 1992 - Russian president Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting US cities with nuclear weapons. 
  • 1996 - On this day in history, Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury concerning Whitewater. 
  • 1998 - President Clinton denied having had an affair with a White House intern, saying "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
  • 1999 - Today in history, Saddam Hussein vowed revenge against The United States in response to air-strikes against civilians, but the strikes were US planes defending themselves against anti-aircraft fire.  
  • 2010 - James Cameron's "Avatar" became the highest-grossing film worldwide.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 26th

  • 1875 - On this day in history, George F. Green patented the electric dental drill. 
  • 1911 - Inventor Glenn Curtiss flew the first successful seaplane. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 26th

  • 1970 - Today in history, John Lennon wrote and recorded "Instant Karma."
  • 1974 - The Doobie Brothers opened their first European tour in London. 
  • 1979 - On this day in history, The 'Gizmo' synthesizer was first demonstrated. 
  • 1988 - Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater. 
  • 2003 - Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor.


  • Paul Newman 1925
  • Roger Vadim 1928
  • Angela Davis 1944
  • Ellen DeGeneres 1958
  • Anita Baker 1958