Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2019. There are 342 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actress Chita Rivera is 86. Jazz percussionist Gary Burton is 76. Actor Gil Gerard is 76. Senator Thomas Carper, Democrat of Delaware, is 72. Singer Anita Pointer is 71. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 69. Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander is 66. Singer Anita Baker is 61. UB40 musician Earl Falconer is 60. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 55.
In 1368, China’s Ming dynasty, which lasted nearly three centuries, began as Zhu Yuanzhang was formally acclaimed emperor following the collapse of the Yuan dynasty.
In 1737, John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence and, later, Massachusetts governor, was born in Braintree.
In 1845, Congress decided national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
In 1962, Jackie Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Tony Bennett recorded ‘‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’’ in New York for Columbia Records.
In 1964, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it.
In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd ‘‘Pete’’ Bucher, charging its crew with being on a spying mission; one sailor was killed and 82 were taken prisoner. (Bucher and his crew were released the following December after enduring 11 months of brutal captivity.)
In 1989, surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his native Figueres, Spain, at age 84.
In 2005, former ‘‘Tonight Show’’ host Johnny Carson died in Los Angeles at age 79.
In 2018, an early-morning shooting at a high school in Benton, Ky., left two 15-year-old students dead and more than a dozen others injured; authorities charged a 15-year-old classmate with murder.