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President Clinton denied having sexual relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Picture: Reuters

President Clinton denied having sexual relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Picture: Reuters

On this day in 1998 US president Bill Clinton went on television to deny having had an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky

26 January

National days of India and Australia

1348: Black Death began in England.

1788: The first consignment of convicts from England arrived in Australia, at Sydney Cove.

1828: Duke of Wellington became Conservative prime minister.

1841: British sovereignty was proclaimed over Hong Kong.

1871: The Rugby Football Union was founded in London.

1905: The Cullinan diamond, the largest in the world, weighing more than 1lb 4oz, was found at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa, by Captain Wells.

1908: The 1st Glasgow Boy Scout troop was registered, the first to be formed.

1926: The BBC broadcast the first shipping forecasts.

1931: Mahatma Gandhi was released from prison in India for discussions with government.

1934: Germany signed ten-year non-aggression pact with Poland.

1942: First US expeditionary force arrived in Europe, with troops put ashore in Northern Ireland.

1950: India was proclaimed a republic within the Commonwealth.

1952: Famed Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, was burned during riots by mobs demanding British withdrawal from Suez.

1968: The National Provincial and Westminster Banks merged, under the name National Westminster Bank.

1982: Unemployment in Britain rose above three million for the first time since the 1930s.

1991: Seven Iraqi warplanes flew to Iran and Pentagon said at least two dozen had landed there in recent days.

1993: Chancellor Norman Lamont cut interest rates to 6 per cent, the lowest level for more than 15 years.

1998: President Bill Clinton went on television to deny that he had had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a member of the White House staff.

2001: An earthquake hit Gujarat, India, killing more than 20,000.

2004: President Hamid Karzai signed the new constitution of Afghanistan.

2009: Steelmaker Corus confirmed that it was to cut 3,500 jobs worldwide, including around 2,500 in the UK.

2009: Iceland’s coalition government collapsed under the strain of the economic crisis in the country and around the world, with the whole cabinet resigning.

2011: Former MSP Tommy Sheridan was jailed for three years for committing perjury.

BIRTHDAYS

José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager, 50; Jazzie B, rapper (Soul II Soul), 50; Anita Baker, soul singer, 55; John Brown, Scottish footballer, 51; Sir Timothy Clifford, director-general, National Galleries of Scotland 1984-2006, 67; Ellen DeGeneres, talk show presenter, 55; Eddie Van Halen, rock guitarist, 58; Kim Hughes, Australian cricketer, 59; Andrew Ridgeley, singer, 50.

ANNIVERSARIES

Births: 1880 General Douglas MacArthur, American commander in South-west Pacific; 1908 Stephane Grappelli, jazz violinist; 1922 Michael Bentine, founder member of The Goon Show; 1925 Paul Newman, actor; 1928 Roger Vadim, film director; 1945 Jacqueline du Pré, cellist.

Deaths: 1823 Edward Jenner, vaccination pioneer; 1850 Francis, Lord Jeffrey, founder and editor of the Edinburgh Review; 1878 Kirkpatrick Macmillan, Dumfriesshire inventor of the bicycle; 2003 Viscount Younger of Leckie, politician; 2012 Alex Eadie, Labour MP 1966-92.

 

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