January 26

History events
1482 — (6th of Adar, 5242) First edition of the Hebrew Pentateuch printed at Bologna
1654 — (18th of Shevat, 5414) With the capture of Pernambuco (Recife) from the Dutch, Portugal retook Peru and Brazil. The Jews, (numbering approximately 5,000) having fought on the side of the Dutch, fled for the most part to Amsterdam. Hundreds also escaped to North America, with 23 eventually arriving in New Amsterda
1935 — (22th of Shevat, 5695) In a speech before 3,800 people at the Mecca Temple, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Zionist Revisionist leader urged his listeners to put the development of a Jewish national state in Palestine ahead of all other issues related to economic and political development
1938 — (24th of Shevat, 5698) The Palestine Post reported that Mordecai Uhana, the sole Jewish resident of Ramallah, a cobbler who lived had there for 34 years, was shot while at work and badly wounded. The driver and a passenger of a Givat Shaul bus were shot and hit on their way to Jerusalem. Nissim Dorani, a lorry driver, was killed by a bomb, thrown at him at Km. 5 on the Jaffa-Jerusalem Road. Twenty children, eight women and two men, all of them Jewish, were arrested as illegal immigrants at Safed. Three Arab terrorists were executed at Acre
1949 — (25th of Tevet, 5709) Switzerland recognized Israel
1954 — (22th of Shevat, 5714) David Ben-Gurion steps down as Minister of Defense, a position he had held since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948; Pinchas Lavon becomes the second person to hold the position of Minister of Defense
1980 — (8th of Shevat, 5740) Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations

1664 — (9th of Shevat, 5624) Rabbi Berechiah Berakh ben Isaac Shapiro of Cracow author of Zera Beirakh passed away
1755 — (14th of Shevat, 5515) Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Falk Katz passed away. Born in 1680, he was the author of the Talmudic work «P’nei Yehoshua.» He served as rabbi of Lemberg (Lvov) in 1718, Berlin in 1730, Metz in 1734 and Frankfurt in 1740
1761 — (21th of Shevat, 5521) Rabbi Judah Navon, author of KIryat Melekh Rav passed away