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 since 1788. On this day, the first fleet of British ships arrived at New South Wales and raised the flag of Great Britain.

1926 – The first television display by John Baird

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

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

Since 1950, Republic Day of India is annually observed on 26 January to commemorate the adoption of the country’s Constitution. It declared India as a sovereign, secular and democratic nation. This day 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 fatal helicopter crash. He passed away along with everyone else on board, including his daughter.

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