Today in history: Wuhan closes outbound flights and trains due to COVID-19

Today is Sunday, January 23, the 23rd day of 2022. There are 342 days left in the year.

Highlight in today’s history:

On January 23, 2020, Chinese state media said the city of Wuhan would close outbound flights and trains to stop the spread of a new virus that had sickened hundreds of people and killed at least 17. The World Health Organization said the viral illness in China was not yet a global health emergency, although the head of the UN health organization added that “it may well become one”.

In 1368, China’s Ming dynasty, which lasted nearly three centuries, began when Zhu Yuanzhang (zhoo whan-zhahng) was formally proclaimed emperor after the collapse of the Yuan dynasty.

In 1845, Congress decided that all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

In 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1950, the Israeli Knesset passed a resolution making Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

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 United States Constitution, eliminating poll tax in federal elections, was ratified when South Dakota became the 38th state to approve it.

In 1968, North Korea seized the US Navy’s intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, and accused the crew of being on a spy mission; one sailor was killed and 82 were taken prisoner. (Cmdr. Bucher and his crew were released in December after 11 months of brutal captivity by the North Koreans.)

In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced that an agreement had been reached to end the Vietnam War, which would be formally signed in Paris four days later.

In 1977, the TV miniseries “Roots”, based on the novel by Alex Haley, aired on ABC.

In 1998, while fighting scandal charges against Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton at a meeting assured his cabinet that he was innocent and urged them to focus on their work.

In 2002, John Walker Lindh, a US-born Taliban fighter, was sent back to the United States to face criminal charges for conspiring to murder fellow Americans. (Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban; he was released in May 2019 after serving more than 17 years.)

In 2020, during a second day of opening arguments at President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, Democratic prosecutors alleged that Trump had abused power like no other president in history, swayed by a “completely false” theory of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US elections. PBS announced that Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly “NewsHour” and moderator of 11 presidential debates, has died at age 85.

Ten years ago: Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms in a crackling campaign debate in Tampa, Florida. In a rare defeat for law enforcement officers, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to ban police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, using one of his first moves to reject a proposed deal eagerly sought by US allies in Asia. Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo was sworn in as CIA director immediately after the Senate confirmed his nomination, 66-32.

A year ago: The US reaffirmed its support for Taiwan after China’s shipment of fighter jets near the island. Protests broke out in dozens of cities in Russia to demand the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Restaurants and certain bars in Chicago opened their doors to customers for the first time in months after approval from Illinois health officials. Hal Holbrook, the actor who toured the world for over 50 years as Mark Twain in a one-man show and appeared as “Deep Throat” in “All the President’s Men,” died at age 95 in California. Larry King, known for decades of broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and regular Joes, died at the age of 87 in a Los Angeles hospital. Screenwriter Walter Bernstein, one of the last survivors of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist, died at age 101.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Chita Rivera is 89. Actor-Director Lou Antonio is 88. Jazz musician Gary Burton is 79. Actor Gil Gerard is 79. Senator Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 75. Singer Anita Pointer is 74 Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 72. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 72. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 69. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH’-sah) is 69. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 65 Singer Anita Baker is 64. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 63. Actor Peter Mackenzie is 61. Actor Boris McGiver is 60. Actor Gail O’Grady is 59. Actor Mariska Hargitay is 58. R&B singer Marc Nelson is 51. CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell is 48. Actor Tiffani Thiessen is 48. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 47. Actor Lindsey Kraft is 42. Singer-actor Rachel Crow is 24

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