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26th January

1788 The first European settlers landed in Sydney, Australia.

1802 Napoleon Bonaparte was made President of the Italian Republic.

1823 Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccination, died.

1841 Hong Kong was proclaimed a British sovereignty.

1871 The English Rugby Union was formed in London.

1886 Karl Benz patented his engine and 3 wheel drive car.

1939 Franco's rebels took Barcelona in the Spanish Civil War.

1907 * Henry Cotton, English golf champion, three times winner of the British Open.

1925 * Paul Newman, US film actor who won an Oscar for his role in The Colour of Money.

1928 * Eartha Kitt, US singer and actress who came to attention in New Faces of 1952.

1945 * Marti Caine, British comedienne and singer.

1950 India, three years after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom, formally became a republic.

1952 Reports from Egypt said at least 20 people were killed and hundreds injured in anti-British riots in Cairo.

1969 Police wielding truncheons and firing tear gas broke up a march by hundreds of demonstrators in central Prague.

1979 Former US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.

1982 Unemployment in Britain rose above three million for the first time since the 1930s.

1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway.

1993 Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.

1994 A protester fired blanks at Prince Charles on his tour in Sydney.

1998 President Clinton denied allegations he had an affair with 24-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky.

2001 A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked the Indian state of Gujarat, killing more than 20,000 people.

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