Photos: Did you know? These 10 events occurred on January 26

Updated: 31 January, 2017 12:51 IST
  • Australia Day
    While India celebrates Republic Day, Aussies mark January 26 as Australia Day, the official National Day of Australia. It is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. Celebrations on the day are marked by community and family events, reflecting Australian history. Pic/AFP
  • Bhuj earthquake (2001)
    The devastating earthquake in Bhuj in Gujarat took place on India's 52nd Republic Day, at 08:46 am, and lasted for over 2 minutes. The earthquake is said to have claimed nearly 20,000 lives, and destroyed over 400,000 homes. 'Laagan', one of Hindi cinema's greatest films, was shot in Bhuj. Pic/AFP
  • Cullinan diamond discovered (1905)
    The Cullinan Diamond, renowned as the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats, was discovered at a mine in Cullinan (modern-day South Africa), on January 26, 1905. The diamond was named after the chairman of the mine, Thomas Cullinan. Pic/AFP
  • 1st auto with burning motor patented (1886)
    On January 26, 1886 Karl Benz patented the 1st auto with burning motor. A German engine designer and engineer, Benz is regarded as the inventor of the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine. Along with his wife Bertha, Karl went on to establish the now renowned Mercedes-Benz company. Pic/YouTube
  • India annexes Kashmir (1957)
    Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan even since partition. On January 26, 1957, India annexed Kashmir, as a result of which the Constitution for incorporation of it with India came into effect. Pic/AFP
  • Paul Newman birthday (1925)
    The renowned American actor was born on this day in 1925. He won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film 'The Color of Money', a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and many others. Despite being colourblind, Newman won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing. Pic/AFP
  • Golden Globe Awards (1974)
    The 31st Golden Globes awards were held on January 26, 1974. The Exorcist won the Best Film (Drama), Al Pacino won the Best Actor for 'Serpico' and Marsha Mason Best Actress for 'Cinderella Liberty'. Pic/AFP
  • Sandeep Patil slams Aus-some 174 (1981)
    At the Adelaide Oval in 1981, maverick Indian batsman Sandeep Patil played his greatest innings, making 174 against Australia. In the first Test of the series, Patil had been struck on the head by Len Pascoe. He was also hit on the throat by Rodney Hogg. But, in the second Test at Adelaide, Patil came into his own, taking on an attack that also featured Dennis Lillee. File pic
  • Clinton denies sexual relations with Lewinsky (1998)
    Facing the heat over allegations of having sexual relations with a White House aide named Monica Lewinsky, the US President Bill Clinton said denied reports of the affair. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," he had said. He also rejected allegations that he asked her to lie about the relationship on oath. Clinton was alleged to have had an 18-month affair with Lewinsky in 1995. Pic/AFP
  • Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs (1987)
    On January 26, 1987, the Hart Foundation defeated British Bulldogs to claim the WWF (now known as WWE) tag team title. Hart foundation comprised of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. The event was held at Tampa, FL as part of Superstars. Pic/YouTube
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Every year, January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day in India. But, many others events, some of great historical significance, have taken place on this day. Here are some of them

First Published: 26 January, 2017 17:23 IST