Ibrahim Saleh, University of Cape Town
India constitution ratified
On January 26, 1950, India ratified its constitution, formally creating a republic. On the same day, Rajendra Prasad was inarguated as the republic's first president. The anniversary is celebrated today as Republic Day in India.
Tennessee became first state to ban alcohol sales
On January 26, 1838, Tennessee became the first US state to pass a law prohibiting the general sale of alcohol; fines paid by lawbreakers were put towards the support of public schools.
Read more about the history of Prohibition.