The First Fleet arrived in Sydney and founded the colony of NSW in 1788. Today we celebrate this momentous occasion with Australia Day.

In 1979 the first episode of Dukes of Hazard aired on American TV.

While filming a 1984 PEPSI commercial, Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire, leaving him with scalp burns.

(AUDIO: January 26_ Michael Jackson’s Pepsi Ad)

And Singer Leo Sayer became an Australia citizen in 2009… The same day that American woman Nadya Suleman, also known as “Octomom”, gave birth to octuplets.

Today’s Birthdays:

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Australia Costume Designer and wife of Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, turns 50 (1965).

World famous Ballet Dancer and author of ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’, Li Cunxin, is 54 (1961).

TV personality, Ellen DeGeneres is 57 (1958).

And Rocker, Van Halen is 59 (1955).

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