January 26: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on January 26 throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s twenty-sixth day is January 26th. On this day, Israel and Egypt established diplomatic ties, the Apollo Theater in Harlem reopened, and the first American forces arrived in Europe to begin fighting World War II.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign for January 26. Paul Newman, Wayne Gretzky, and Ellen DeGeneres all have famous birthdays. National Spouses Day is observed on January 26th.


(January 26, 1788)
On this day in 1788, Arthur Phillip, with a shipload of convicts, sailed into what is now Sydney Cove, flew the British flag, and established the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia.


(January 26, 1950)
India became a republic after gaining complete independence from the United Kingdom.

(January 26, 1958)
Ellen DeGeneres, an American comedian and television host noted for her distinctive observational humour, was born.

(January 26, 1988)
The Phantom of the Opera, a musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's melodramatic novel, premiered in New York City and went on to become Broadway's longest-running show.

(January 26, 2020)
At the age of 41, American basketball star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. He was regarded as one of the sport's greatest players, having won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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