Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What Happened This Day In History- January 26

Condoleezza Rice
January 26
1699The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.
1720Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire.
1788A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day.
1861Louisiana secedes from the Union.
1863President Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
1875Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
1885General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
1924Petrograd is renamed Leningrad.
1934Germany signs a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French alliance system.
1942American Expeditionary Force lands in Northern Ireland.
1943The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.
1964Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1969California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
2005Condoleezza Rice is appointed to the post of secretary of state. The post makes her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in an U.S. presidential cabinet.

Born on January 26
1715Claude Helvétius, French philosopher.
1826Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.
1880Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general in World War IWorld War II and Korea.
1893Bessie Coleman, pioneer aviator.
1944Angela Davis, American activist.

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