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This Day in History for January 26

This Day In History1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol.

1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library.

1871 – US income tax repealed.

1907 – 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed.

1915 – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established.

1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort.

1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer.

1939 – Filming begins on film “Gone With the Wind”

1951 – Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1954 – Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland.

1960 – Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot.

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.

1980 – 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro.

1987 – 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama win.

1988 – “Phantom of the Opera” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 4,000+ performances.

1989 – AT&T reports 1st loss in 103 years; $1.67 billion in 1988.

1998 – President Bill Clinton says “I want to say one more thing to the American people; I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.

2006 – Western Union discontinues its telegram service.

2016 – Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents.

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