January 26: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1788 - The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day
- 1837 - Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. state.
- 1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park is established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
- 1961 - John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds the appointment of Physician to the President.
- 1962 - Ranger program: Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon. The space probe later misses the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).
- Famous Birthdays: Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (French sculptor), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (Italian-French explorer), Wilder Penfield (American-Canadian neurosurgeon), Rupprecht Geiger (German painter), Polykarp Kusch (German-American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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