This Day in History – 26 January

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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today on 26 January!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 26 January”.

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1788 – Australian Day

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This Day in History – 26 January
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Source – Times

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Australia day is celebrated annually on January 26th since 1788 as the First Fleet of British Ships arrived at New South Wales as well as raised the flag of Great Britain at that location on this day.

1926 – The first television display by John Baird

John Logie Baird was a Scottish electrical engineer and inventor who demonstrated the world’s first working television system on this day. 

This Day in History – 26 January
Image Source – BBC

1950 – Republic Day of India

This Day in History – 26 January
Image Source – India TV News

Republic Day of India is annually observed on 26 January since 1950. On this day, the Constitution of India came into effect and declared India as a sovereign, secular and democratic nation. It is a national holiday.

1958 – Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday

Ellen Lee DeGeneres, best known for her TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American comedian and television host.

This Day in History – 26 January
Image Source – The New York Times

2020 – Kobe Byrant’s death anniversary

This Day in History – 26 January
Image Source – Morrison Hotel Gallery

Kobe Bean Bryant was a highly successful American professional basketball player. He spent his entire career playing with the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, he was a victim of a helicopter crash that killed him, his daughter and along with everyone else who was on board.

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Vanshika Yadav
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