Today in History: January 26

Today in History: January 26

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1699

The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks.

1720

Guilio 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

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.