On this date in:
1368: China’s Ming dynasty, which would last nearly three centuries, begins as Zhu Yuanzhang is formally acclaimed emperor after the collapse of the Yuan dynasty.
1516: King Ferdinand II of Aragon, who with his late queen consort, Isabella of Castile, sponsored the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492, dies in Madrigalejo, Spain.
1845: The U.S. Congress decides all national elections will take place the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1944: Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (“The Scream”) dies near Oslo at 80.
1950: The Israeli Knesset approves a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
1968: North Korea seizes the U.S. Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, commanded by Lloyd “Pete” Bucher, charging its crew with being on a spy mission; one sailor is killed and 82 are taken prisoner. (Cmdr. Bucher and his crew were released the following December after enduring 11 months of brutal captivity at the hands of the North Koreans.)
1989: Surrealist artist Salvador Dali dies in Figueres, Spain, at 84.
2017: President Donald Trump withdraws the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, using one of his first actions in office to reject a proposed accord that was eagerly sought by American allies in Asia.
1993: Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Eugene Branstool says he will not seek re-election, improving the chances that state Sen. Harry Meshel of Youngstown will be the next state party chairman.
Larry Roberts wins a Chevy S-10 pickup truck, the grand prize in ARMCO’s Sawhill Tubular Division’s SMART program, which is designed to reward workers with good safety records.
Phar-Mor says the fraud it claims was perpetrated by former President Michael I. Monus has cost the company $810 million so far.
1978: Pamela Rigas, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rigas of Canfield, is named 1978 Ohio Junior Miss during a pageant in Mount Vernon. It is the second year in a row that a Mahoning County girl won the crown. Joann Bayus of Boardman won in 1977.
In announcing his candidacy for a fifth term, U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney says “the 19th Congressional District has received more in federal funds for public housing starts and more under the Public Works Program than any other congressional district in Ohio.
Commercial Shearing Inc. announces record sales in 1977 of $157 million and profits of
$10.5 million, or $2.38 a share.
1968: Elizabeth Reese Barbour, 81, a daughter of the late “Bonesetter” Reese and mother of stockbroker John D.R. Barbour, dies in the Sleigh Bell Residence in Austintown of complications of old age. She had met many nationally famous people who came to her father’s home for healing treatment.
Asael E. Adams Jr., president of Union National Bank since 1951, will retire and become chairman of the board of directors. Adams plans to make his fifth safari to Africa.
A heavy snow accumulation is believed to have caused the collapse of a 15,000-square-foot section of roof on the Kmart department store under construction at South Avenue and Boardman-Poland Road.
1943: Filling stations affiliated with Independent Gasoline and Oil Dealers’ Association will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and closed on Sundays. Those hours comply with orders of the Office of Price Administration.
Youngstown district nightclubs are hard hit by the liquor shortage. Some have closed and others are hard-pressed to serve the customers they have.