Today is Wednesday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2005. There are 339 days left in the year. On this date in 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, land in present-day Sydney.
In 1837, Michigan becomes the 26th state. In 1841, Britain formally occupies Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. In 1861, Louisiana secedes from the Union. In 1870, Virginia rejoins the Union. In 1911, the Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premieres in Dresden, Germany. In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II goes ashore in Northern Ireland. In 1950, India officially proclaims itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad takes the oath of office as president. In 1962, the United States launches Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon -- but the probe misses its target by some 22,000 miles. In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller dies in New York at age 70.
January 26, 1980: Youngstown Airport Manager Fred DeLuca says he will initiate a request with the Ohio Legislature to amend a pending airport bill to clear the way for Ohio cities, including Youngstown, to annex all their municipally owned airports.
The number of cases of infectious hepatitis reported to the Youngstown Department of Health has risen to 17, with 13 being diagnosed in a day. All the victims attended a union Christmas party at the Sokol Center on Midlothian Boulevard.
A Mercer County Common Pleas Court ruling upholding a Hermitage zoning decision that forbids the operation of Clarke Field airport on Frampton Road will be appealed to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
January 26, 1965: President Johnson tells Congress that the first year of his "Great Society" will cost a record $99.7 billion and will probably mark the last time the United States will have a budget below $100 billion.
Thirty-seven women graduate from the practical nursing program at Choffin Vocational Center in Youngstown during ceremonies in the auditorium of Princeton Junior High School. Dr. D.W. Metcalf is the speaker.
January 26, 1955: A dedication banquet is attended by 500 community leaders to celebrate the completion of a five-year construction program at the Central YMCA. The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Humbert, former pastor of Trinity Methodist Church before being named president of DePauw University, gives the address.
A crackdown on traffic violators continues in Youngstown Municipal Court as Judge Robert B. Nevin levies fines against 52 drivers who appear before him.
Steel stocks are soaring on the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. Steel is up $5.50 at $78; Bethlehem Steel is up $8 at $118; Republic up $4.62 at $82.75, and Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube is ahead $2.50 at $78.
January 26, 1930: Irene Schrader, alleged blond gunwoman who killed Pennsylvania Trooper Brady Paul, is returned to New Castle, where she is being held in the Lawrence County Jail.
A 16-year-old Michigan National Guard is shot and killed at his Detroit home by a sergeant who was sent to his home to arrest him for missing drill.
Campbell Police Chief Frank Cunningham is suspended by Mayor Joseph E. Julius after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland on charges of conspiracy to violate prohibition laws.