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On this day in 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.
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1340English king Edward III proclaimed king of France

1697Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night

1862Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive, General George McClellan ignores order

1891Oscar Wilde's "Duchess of Padua," premieres in NYC

1913Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional

1918Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for "wheatless" & "meatless" days for war effort

1934Bradman scores 128 NSW v Victoria, 96 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes

1939Franco conquers Barcelona

1942Italian supreme command demands dismissal of German Marshal Rommel

1956Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1960Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

1961"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1

1975Edward Albee's "Seascape," premieres in NYC

1980175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

198714th American Music Award: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

199165th Australian Womens Tennis: Monica Seles beats J Novotna (57 63 61)

1995NJ Governor Christine Whitman, dedicates a rest stop to Howard Stern

199785th Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (62 63 63)

1998President Bill Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

201456th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jan 26, 66
5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
Jan 26, 1340
English king Edward III proclaimed king of France 
Jan 26, 1482
"Pentateuch" (Jewish Bible) 1st printed as a book in Bolongna, Italy 
Jan 26, 1500
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot in Brazil. 
Jan 26, 1531
Lisbon hit by Earthquake; about 30,000 die 
Jan 26, 1564
The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. 
Jan 26, 1589
Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. 
Jan 26, 1654
Portuguese troops conquer last Dutch base on Recife 
Jan 26, 1666
France declares war on England & Munster 
Jan 26, 1689
Jean Racine's "Esther," premieres in Saint-Cyr 
Jan 26, 1697
Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, solves problem before going to bed that same night 
Jan 26, 1699
Venice, Poland & Austria sign Treaty of Carlowitz with Ottoman Empire 
Jan 26, 1700
The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records. 
Jan 26, 1736
Stanislaw I of Poland abdicates his throne. 
Jan 26, 1748
Britain, Netherlands, Austria & Sardinia sign anti-French treaty 
Jan 26, 1784
Ben Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol 
Jan 26, 1788
Captain Arthur Phillip and British colonists hoist the English flag at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, now celebrated as Australia Day 
Jan 26, 1789
John Odell signs contract for £336 to build St Peter's church (Bronx) 
Jan 26, 1790
Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna 
Jan 26, 1797
Russia, Prussia & Austria sign treaty 
Jan 26, 1802
Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library 
Jan 26, 1808
Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia. 
Jan 26, 1833
Gaetano Dinozetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia," premieres in Milan 
Jan 26, 1837
Michigan admitted as 26th US state 
Jan 26, 1838
Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States 
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