This day in history

Saturday, Jan. 26, is the 26th day of 2013. There are 339 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 84. Sportscaster Bob Uecker is 78. Actor Scott Glenn is 74. Actor David Strathairn is 64. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 60. Rock musician Eddie Van Halen is 58. Comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 55. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 52.

In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.


In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

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In 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast.

In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon — but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles.

In 1973, actor Edward G. Robinson died in Los Angeles at age 79.

In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.


In 1993, Vaclav Havel was elected president of the newly formed Czech Republic.

In 1998, President Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, ‘‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.’’

In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell, citing Iraq’s lack of cooperation with UN inspectors, said he’d lost faith in the inspectors’ ability to conduct a definitive search for banned weapons.