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This Day in History for January 26

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

1862 – Lincoln issues General War Order #1, calling for a Union offensive, General George McClellan ignores order.

1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F Green.

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

1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional.

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.

1930 – Cleveland’s Terminal Tower opens (52 stories)

1934 – The Apollo Theater reopens in Harlem, New York City.

1942 – 1st US force in Europe during WW II go ashore in Northern Island.

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

1960 – Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League.

1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley hits #1.

1962 – Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools.

1969 – 1st Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event, beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1.

1979 – “The Dukes of Hazzard” premieres on US TV network CBS.

1985 – Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season.

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

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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