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Did you know ...
- ... that Manjappada (pictured), a supporters' group of Kerala Blasters FC, coordinated and brought forty-one busloads of their fans across Kerala to the venue for the opening match of the 2019–20 season?
- ... that despite James Snyder having taught at a women's college for over 20 years, his Northern Renaissance Art of 1985 was criticized for using gender stereotypes?
- ... that horse-mounted elements of the French 1st Cavalry Brigade helped hold up the advance of tanks from the 1st Panzer Division for a day in May 1940?
- ... that the root of the slimflower scurfpea can be eaten raw or cooked, or ground up and used as an ingredient in bread-making?
- ... that with " Homura " and Leo-Nine , LiSA became the first female artist in 16 years to debut a song and an album simultaneously at number one in Japan since Utada Hikaru?
- ... that Eleanor Keaton , who at age 21 became the third wife of silent-film comedian Buster Keaton, was widely credited with rehabilitating his life and career?
- ... that The Magic of Chocolate 's volumes are ordered alphabetically rather than numerically?
- ... that after Saint Eustadiola , a 7th century abbess in Bourges, France, prayed with her nuns for rain during a drought, they got drenched before they were able to return to the convent?
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Protests in Saint Petersburg
On this day
January 26 : Australia Day (1788); Republic Day in India (1950)
- 1699 – The signing of the Treaty of Karlowitz , concluding the Great Turkish War, marked the end of Ottoman control in much of Central Europe and the rise of the Habsburg Monarchy as the region's dominant power.
- 1808 – William Bligh (pictured), the governor of New South Wales, was deposed by the New South Wales Corps in the only military coup in Australian history.
- 1918 – A group of Red Guards hung a red lantern atop the tower of the Helsinki Workers' House, symbolically marking the start of the Finnish Civil War .
- 1991 – Somali Rebellion: Factions led by the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and his rebel group, the United Somali Congress, ousted President Siad Barre.
- 2001 – An earthquake in the Indian state of Gujarat killed at least 13,000 people, injured 167,000 others and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes.
Today's featured picture
Gorky Park is a park in central Moscow, Russia, inaugurated in 1928 following the use of the site in 1923 for the First All-Russian Agricultural and Handicraft Industries Exhibition. The park was named after the writer and political activist Maxim Gorky. It underwent a major reconstruction in 2011; nearly all the amusement rides and other attractions were removed, extensive lawns and flower beds were created, and new roadways were laid. A 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq ft) ice rink was installed at the same time. This picture shows the colonnaded main portal of Gorky Park.
Photograph credit: Alexander Savin
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