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Today in History: January 26

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January 26

1699 The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.
1720 Giulio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire.
1788 A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day.
1861 Louisiana secedes from the Union.
1863 President Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
1875 Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb.
1885 General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa.
1924 Petrograd is renamed Leningrad.
1934 Germany signs a 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland, breaking the French alliance system.
1942 An American Expeditionary Force lands in Northern Ireland.
1943 The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma.
1964 Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1969 California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
2005 Condoleezza Rice is appointed to the post of secretary of state. The post makes her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in a U.S. presidential cabinet.
Born on January 26
1715 Claude Helvétius, French philosopher.
1826 Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.
1880 Douglas MacArthur, U.S. general in World War I, World War II and Korea.
1893 Bessie Coleman, pioneer aviator.
1944 Angela Davis, American activist.