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This Day in History

Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2014. There are 339 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Anne Jeffreys is 91. Actress Joan Leslie is 89. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 85. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 79. Actor Scott Glenn is 75. Singer Jean Knight is 71. Activist Angela Davis is 70. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 66. Actor David Strathairn is 65. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 61. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 59. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 56. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 56. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 53. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 51. Actor Paul Johansson is 50. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 44. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 41. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 40. Actor Gilles Marini is 38. Gospel singer Tye Tribbett is 38. NBA player Vince Carter is 37. Actress Sarah Rue is 36. Actor Colin O’Donoghue (TV: ‘‘Once Upon a Time”) is 33. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 31.

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In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.

In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.

In 1934, the 125th Street Apollo Theater opened in New York City’s Harlem district.

In 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces led by General Francisco Franco captured Barcelona.

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

In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

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 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.

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