Today is Friday, Dec. 31, the 365th and last day of 1982.
This is New Year's Eve.
The moon is new.
The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn.
The evening stars are Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Those born on the date are under the sign of Capricorn.
French explorer Jacques Cartier was born Dec. 31, 1491.
On this date in history:
In 1879, Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of the incandescent lamp in Menlo Park, N.J.
In 1946, President Truman proclaimed the official end of World War II, well over a year after the surrender of Germany and Japan.
In 1972, Pittsburgh Pirates' baseball star Roberto Clemente and four other people were killed in the crash of a chartered cargo plane on a mercy mission to earthquake-devastated Nicaragua.
In 1974, gold went on sale to the American public.
A thought for the day: British author Charles Lamb said, 'Of all the sound of bells -- the most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the old year.'