The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury and Mars. The evening stars are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include French fairy tale writer Charles Perrault, author of the Mother Goose stories, in 1628; British statesman Edmund Burke in 1729; American patriot John Hancock in 1737; painter John Singer Sargent in 1856; novelist Jack London in 1876; World War II Nazi leader Hermann Goering in 1893; western singer/actor Tex Ritter in 1905; champion heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier in 1944 (age 66); mentalist The Amazing Kreskin (born George Joseph Kresge) in 1935 (age 75); radio personalities Rush Limbaugh in 1951 (age 59) and Howard Stern in 1954 (age 56); actors Kirstie Alley in 1951 (age 59) and Oliver Platt in 1960 (age 50); Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 1964 (age 46); musician and film director Rob Zombie in 1965 (age 45); activist, and former wife of Paul McCartney, Heather Mills in 1968 (age 42).
On this date in history:
In 1828, boundary disputes were settled between the United States and Mexico.
In 1932, Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 1943, the U.S. wartime Office of Price Administration said standard frankfurters would be replaced during World War II by "Victory Sausages" consisting of a mixture of meat and soy meal.
In 1971, a U.S. grand jury indicted the Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other people, including a nun and two priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap presidential adviser Henry Kissinger.
In 1976, the U.N. Security Council voted 11-1 to seat the Palestine Liberation Organization for its debate on the Middle East. The United States cast the only dissenting vote.
In 1986, U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., travels into space aboard the shuttle Columbia.
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton asked Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater land deal affair that involved him and the first lady.
In 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton and congressional leaders agreed on a bailout package that would give Mexico as much as $40 billion in loan guarantees. After Congress failed to vote quickly on the deal, Clinton invoked emergency authority to lend Mexico $20 billion.
In 2001, scientists in Oregon announced the birth of the first genetically engineered primate. The rhesus monkey had a jellyfish gene that caused jellyfish to glow; however, the monkey did not glow.
In 2003, Maurice Gibb, 53, one of three singing brothers who made up the Bee Gees, died of complications from an intestinal blockage.
In 2004, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in a harshly critical new book, likened U.S. President George Bush in a Cabinet meeting to a "blind man in a roomful of deaf people."
In 2005, The Southern California death toll from rain, flood and mudslides rose to 19.
Also in 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that an alien can be deported to a country without the advance consent of that country's government.
In 2006, around 350 people were crushed to death by a stampeding crowd at the entrance to Jamarat Bridge in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during a pilgrimage to Mecca.
In 2007, the former head of the Bangladesh central bank, Fakhruddin Ahmed, was named head of the caretaker government, replacing President Iajuddin Ahmed.
In 2008, some banned officials of the Saddam Hussein Baathist party were allowed to again hold government positions under legislation passed by the Iraqi Parliament.
In 2009, Democrats cleared the way for Roland Burris to assume President-elect Barack Obama's vacated seat in the U.S. Senate. The seating had been held up pending an investigation into the appointment by impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
A thought for the day: It was Otto von Bismarck who said, "Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made."