This Day in History For Jan. 26
1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as American symbol.
1871 – US income tax repealed.
1907 – 1st US federal corrupt practices law passed.
1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing 2 seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics.
1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort.
1924 – American skater Charles Jewtraw claims the first ever Winter Olympic gold medal; wins 500m speed skating event in 44.0s at the Chamonix Games in France.
1930 – Cleveland’s Terminal Tower opens (53 stories)
1939 – Filming begins on film adaptation of “Gone With the Wind”
1954 – Groundbreaking begins at Disneyland.
1960 – Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League.
1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley hits #1.
1969 – 1st Australian Open Women’s Tennis; Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-1.
1970 – “Bridge over Troubled Water” 5th and final studio album by Simon & Garfunkel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Engineered Non-Classical Album 1971)
1979 – “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on US TV network CBS.
1985 – Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season.
1992 – Super Bowl XXVI, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MI: Washington Redskins beat Buffalo Bills, 37-24, MVP: Mark Rypien, Washington, QB.
1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one thing to the American people: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”
2004 – Mydoom, the most destructive computer worm (so far), first sighted on computers in North America. Goes on to cause $38 billion in damages.
2020 : LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in foggy conditions in the hills above Calabasas, southern California: considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history.
2022 – US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement.