Historical Political Events for January 26

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Year Event
1837 The state of Michigan is admitted to the Union.
1838 Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to adopt legislation prohibiting the sale of alcohol. (From the Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1861 The Louisiana legislature votes to secede from the Union.
1911 US forces land in Honduras {pdf} on January 26 to protect American interests during local rebellion. Stay till March 4.
1934 Germany signs a ten-year nonaggression pact with Poland. [Oh well. . .]
1950 India is proclaimed a republic, with Rajendra Prasad, a supporter of the late nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi, as its first president. (From the Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1951 The Wage Stabilization Board freezes wages and salaries. (It was subsequently modified several times to account for economic pressures.)
1991 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev granted the KGB and Soviet Interior Ministry sweeping search-and-seizure powers to combat economic crime. Apparently this idea came from the US where such activity had been going on for years (at least from 1984).
1992 Democratic presidential candidate William "Bill" Clinton (D), the former governor of Arkansas, appears on "60 Minutes" television with his wife Hillary to deny allegations of an intermittent affair from 1977 to 1989 with Gennifer Flowers, an Arkansas state employee.
1996 Hillary Clinton (D) testifies before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater affair in the United States.
1998 The Project for a New American Century, considered to be the primary leadership of the so-called "Neo-Conservatives", urges President Clinton to oust Saddam Hussein. Among the eighteen signers are Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton. (New American Century)
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Quote of
the Day
The first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation as the ultimate instrument to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.
    — While this sounds like Bush, it is actually from a current NATO document [The original idea was a satire in a Get Smart Episode]
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