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On January 26th, 1950, India
officially proclaimed itself a republic as
Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as
In 1788, the first European
settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur
Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.
In 1802, Congress
passed an act calling for a library to be
established within the US Capitol.
In 1837, Michigan
became the 26th state.
In 1861, Louisiana
seceded from the Union.
In 1870, Virginia
rejoined the Union.
In 1911, the
Richard Strauss opera "Der
Rosenkavalier" premiered in Dresden,
In 1942, the first
American expeditionary force to go to Europe
during World War Two went ashore in Northern
In 1962, the
United States launched "Ranger Three"
to land scientific instruments on the moon -- but
the probe missed its target by some 22,000 miles.
In 1979, former
Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New
York at age 70.
In 1998, President
Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a
White House intern, telling reporters, "I
did not have sexual relations with that woman,
Ten years ago:
Attorneys for deposed Panamanian leader Manuel
Noriega challenged the jurisdiction of the US
court system to try their client on
drug-trafficking charges, and said Noriega should
be declared a prisoner of war.
Five years ago: A
little more than three weeks after Republicans
took control of Congress, the House endorsed a
balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution
designed to eliminate chronic federal deficits.
One year ago:
President Clinton welcomed a frail Pope John Paul
the Second as the pontiff began his seventh
pilgrimage to the United States in St. Louis.
Jordan's King Hussein turned over the temporary
operation of his country to his eldest son and
flew back to the United States for urgent medical
"What we really are
matters more than what other people think of
Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian statesman (1889-1964).