Today is Thursday, January 26, the 26th day of 2022. There are 339 days left in the year.
Today’s event in history:
On January 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton categorically denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, “I have not had a sexual relationship with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”
On this date:
In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act into law, which created America’s 10th national park.
In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon. (The probe missed by more than 22,000 miles.)
In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, appearing with his wife Hillary on the CBS program 60 Minutes, admitted that he had “pained my marriage” but said past troubles had nothing to do with the campaign.
In 1993, Vaclav Havel (VAHTS’-lahv HAH’-vel) was elected president of the newly formed Czech Republic.
In 1994, during a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles to Sydney, Australia, there was a panic when college student David Kang lunged at the prince, firing two blank shots from his starting pistol. (Kahn was later sentenced to 500 hours of community service.)
In 2005, a US Marine Corps helicopter crashed in western Iraq, killing 30 Marines and a Navy medic on board. A man parked his SUV on a train track in Glendale, California, resulting in a derailment of two commuter trains that killed 11 people. (SUV driver Juan Alvarez was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.)
In 2009, Nadia Suleman gave birth at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in California to six boys and two girls; The criticism came after the public learned that an unemployed single mother had become pregnant with eight and six older children as a result of in vitro fertilization.
In 2016, the FBI arrested the leaders of an armed group that occupied the Oregon National Wildlife Refuge for more than three weeks during a traffic stop that killed one man, Robert “LaVoy” Finikum. Character actor Abe Vigoda, 94, has died in Woodland Park, New Jersey.
In 2020, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California; The former Lakers star was 41. Eighteen-year-old singer Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards by becoming the youngest recipient of a major Grammy award and the first in almost 40 years to win all four awards.
Ten years ago: Thousands of people, many holding signs with the names of victims of gun violence, joined a rally in Washington, D.C. for gun control that marched from the Capitol to the Washington Monument. Victoria Azarenka won her second consecutive Australian Open title by beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Ashley Wagner became the first woman since Michelle Kwan in 2005 to win back-to-back U.S. Figure Skating Championship titles, beating out promising Gracie Gold in Omaha, Nebraska.
Five years ago: A jury in suburban New Orleans convicted Ronald Gasser of the manslaughter of NFL running back Joe McKnight in December 2016. (Gasser, 56, was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.) Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis resigned two days after the university’s president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations against the disgraced ex. sports physician Larry Nassar. The fire swept through a small South Korean hospital without a sprinkler system, killing 37 people.
A year ago: The Federal Reserve announced that it plans to begin raising interest rates to combat high inflation. Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital defended its decision to deny a man a heart transplant in part because he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Spotify said it would grant veteran rocker Neil Young’s request to have his music removed from the streaming platform; Young objected to what he said was Spotify’s decision to allow misinformation about COVID-19 to be spread on podcasts. After 40 straight wins and nearly $1.4 million in prize money, Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider has come to an end.
Birthdays today: Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 94. Sportscaster and actor Bob Ucker is 88 years old. Actor Scott Glenn is 84. Singer Jean Knight is 80 years old. Activist Angela Davis is 79 years old. Actor Richard Portnow is 76 years old. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 75 years old. Actor David Strathairn (streh-THEHRN’) is 74 years old. Producer-director Mimi Leder is 71. Alternative country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 70. Reggae musician Norman Hasan (UB40) is 65. DeGeneres is 65. Rock musician Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) is 63 years old. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 62. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 60 years old. R&B artist Jazzy B (Soul II Soul) is 60 years old. Actor Paul Johansson is 59. Director Lenny Abrahamson is 57 years old. Actor Bryan Cullen is 56 years old. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 53. Actor Nate Mooney is 51. Actor Jennifer Crystal is 50 years old. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 49 years old. Actor Matilda Shidagis is 49 years old. ma-REE’-nee) 47 years old. Gospel singer Ty Tribbett is 47 years old. Retired NBA player. Vince Carter is 46 years old. Actress Sara Rue is 45 years old. Actor Colin O’Donoghue is 42.