January 26th

2009
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman of Whittier, Calif., gave birth to octuplets conceived by in vitro fertilization. Suleman was already a mother of six.
Natalie Suleman
2006
Confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir 'A Million Little Pieces.'.
A Million Little Pieces
2005
Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state.
Condoleezza Rice
2004
President Hamid Karzai signed the new constitution of Afghanistan.
Constitution of Afghanistan
2001
A massive earthquake hits Gujarat, India. About 20,000 people died and over 160,000 people were injured.
2001 Gujarat earthquake
1998
In a TV statement, Bill Clinton denies having had “sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”. On August 17, 1998, Clinton admitted to having had an “improper physical relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.
Lewinsky scandal
1996
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe.
Whitewater controversy
1993
Former Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.
Václav Havel
1988
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'Phantom of the Opera,' the longest-running show in Broadway history, opened at the Majestic Theater in New York.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
1979
Former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
Nelson Rockefeller
1950
India, three years after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom, formally became a republic.
History of the Republic of India
1925
Actor Paul Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
Paul Newman
1905
The world's largest diamond is found in South Africa. The Cullinan Diamond weighed 3106.75 carats (621.35 g or 1.37 lb) and has an estimated value of 2 billion USD.
Cullinan Diamond
1870
Virginia rejoined the Union.
History of Virginia
1861
Louisiana seceded from the Union.
Louisiana secession
1837
Michigan became the 26th state in the United States.
State of Michigan
1802
Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
Library of Congress
1788
The first Europeans settle in Australia. The first elements of the British “First Fleet” had arrived in Sydney Harbour on January 18.
History of Australia (1788–1850)
1564
The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
1531
Lisbon hit by Earthquake. about 30,000 die
1531 Lisbon earthquake
1482
'Pentateuch' the Jewish Bible is 1st printed as a book in Bologna, Italy.
Early editions of the Hebrew Bible