Today in History: 26 January


2015  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party, is elected as Prime Minister of Greece on an anti-austerity platform

2014  Stanislas Wawrinka wins his first Grand Slam title when he beats Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final


2014  Prominent Chinese legal activist, Xu Zhiyong, is sentenced to four years in prison; convicted of 'gathering a crowd to disturb public order,' the case is seen as evidence that Communist Party leaders wish to expunge any challenges to the power or leadership

2013  The group of hackers known as Anonymous, hacks into the U.S. Sentencing Commission website as a response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz, an American computer programmer, and internet activist

2013  At the 2013 Australian Open, tennis pro Victoria Azarenka wins the women's singles event, after winning three sets in the final against Li Na

2012  On Australia Day nearly 200 indigenous protesters surround a restaurant in Canberra, trapping Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, opposition leader inside

2012  A U.S. gene sequencing company, Illumina, adopts a poison pill strategy, fighting against a hostile big by Roche Holding

2011  The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland

2011  Top airport security officials are fired after a suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport kills 35 people, injures 130

2010  James Cameron's film, Avatar, surpasses his 1997 film Titanic, and becomes the highest grossing film of all time

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2006  A fire breaks out on Table Mountain after a British tourist allegedly tossed a lit cigarette out of a car window

2005  Trevor Manuel predicts SA economic growth


2005  Cape High Court suspends pebble bed modular reactor at Koeberg

2003  Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Oakland Raiders 48-21

2001  Earthquake kills 20,000 in Bhuj, India

1999  Chairman of the IEC resigns

1998  25th American Music Award: Spice Girls and Babyface win


1998  Intel launches 333 MHz Pentium II chip

1998  President Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"

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1991  Rebels overrun the Somalian capital of Mogadishu


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Compiled by Lerato Sebe