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January 26th In Pop Culture History

On Independence Day, July 4, the USA celebrated throwing off British colonial rule.
On Australia Day, January 26, Australia celebrates the arrival of British colonial rule.

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.

1564 - The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

1838 - Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol.

1858 - The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1906 - The world's steam car land speed record was set at 127.7 mph (205.5 km/h) by Fred Marriot, racing at Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A. in his canoe-shaped Stanley Steamer Rocket. The record stood until 2009.

1912 - Jim Thorpe relinquished his 1912 Olympic medals for being a professional athlete. He was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateur rules at that time. His Olympic medals were reinstated posthumously by an act of Congress in 1983.

1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park was established.

1963 - #1 Hit January 26, 1963 - February 8, 1963: The Rooftop Singers - Walk Right In

1966 - The Beaumont Children (ages 9, 7, and 4) disappeared from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.

1974 - #1 Hit January 26, 1974 - February 1, 1974: Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen

1979 - The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS

1980 - NHL - The New York Islanders and Hartford Whalers played a NHL penalty-free game.

1988 - Broadway Show - The Phantom of the Opera (Musical) January 26, 1988

1991 - #1 Hit January 26, 1991 - February 8, 1991: Surface - The First Time

January 26, 19** Birthday (fictional) Cassandra Cain, Batgirl II, DC Comics

2001 - The Wedding Planner debuted in theaters.

2009 - East End Show - Thriller - Live (revival) January 26, 2009

January 26th Celebrity Birthdays

Learned At The Movies...

Abner Doubleday (1819)
Frank Costello (1891)
Zara Kelly (1892, d.1978)
Wyliss Cooper (1899)
Romney Brent (1902)
Douglas Evans (1904)
Charles Lane (1905, d.2007)
Maria Augusta von Trapp (1905, d.2014)
Jill Esmond (1908, d.1990)
Cora Baird (1912)
Jimmy Van Heusen (1913)
William Prince (1913)
William Hopper (1915)
Derek Bond (1920)
Anne Jeffreys (1923)
Alice Babs (1924)
Joan Leslie (1925)
Paul Newman (1925, d.2008)
Ronnie Hilton (1926)
WIlliam Redfield (1927)
Roger Vadim (1928, d.2000)
Mary Murphy (1931)
Christopher Price (1932)
Huey "Piano" Smith (1934)
Bob Uecker (1935)
Marshall Lieb (1939)
Henry Jaglom (1941)
Scott Glenn (1941)
Souad Hosni (1942, d.2001)
Jean Knight (1943)
Gene Siskel (1946, d.1999)
Michael Sardou (1947)
Corky Laing (1948)
Derek Holt (1949)
David Strathairn (1949)
Janet Lupo (1950)
Andy Hummell (1951)
David Briggs (1951)
Walt Willey (1951)
Lucinda Williams (1953)
Lucia Mendez (1955)
Eddie Van Halen (1955)
Lisa Boray (1956)
Anita Baker (1958)
B James Lowry (1958)
Ellen DeGeneres (1958)
Norman Lamont Hassen (1958)
Charlie Gillingham (1960)
Wayne Gretzky (1961)
Tom Keifer (1962)
Andrew Ridgeley (1963)
azzie B (1963)
Paul Johansson (1964)
Allison Hossack (1965)
Kirk Franklin (1970)
Bryan Callen (1971)
Dorian Gregory (1971)
Frankie Rayder (1976)
Willie Adler (1976)
Kelly Stables (1978)
Sara Rue (1979)
Layla Kayleigh (1984)
Matt Heafy (1986)
Vladimir Garin (1987, d.2003)
Mia Rose (1988)
Christopher Massey (1990)
Cameron Bright (1993)
When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a bill - just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

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