Today is Wednesday, Dec. 14, the 349th day of 2016 with 17 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include French astrologer and prophet Nostradamus in 1503; Danish astronomer and mathematician Tycho Brahe in 1546; World War II U.S. air ace Jimmy Doolittle in 1896; former U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, R-Maine, in 1897; comedian Morey Amsterdam in 1908; comic bandleader Spike Jones in 1911; actor Dan Dailey in 1915; horror novelist Shirley Jackson in 1916; choreographer June Taylor in 1917; TV news producer Don Hewitt in 1922; country singer Charlie Rich in 1932; actors Lee Remick in 1935, Patty Duke in 1946; Dee Wallace in 1948 (age 68); football Hall of Fame member Ernie Davis in 1939; tennis Hall of Fame member Stan Smith in 1946 (age 70); former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 1947 (age 69) and actor Vanessa Hudgens in 1988 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1287, more than 50,000 people died in a flood caused by the collapse of the Zuider Zee dike in the Netherlands.
In 1799, George Washington, war for independence military leader and first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia.
In 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state in the United States.
In 1972, Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan re-entered the lunar lander -- the last man to walk on the moon.
In 1988, the United States announced the start of a "substantive dialogue" with the Palestine Liberation Organization for the first time.
In 1995, the signing of a peace treaty at a ceremony in Paris officially ended a four-year civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In 2006, the official British police investigation into the 1997 death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash concluded that it was an accident and no conspiracy or foul play was involved.
In 2012, a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then committed suicide. Police said the black-clad attacker, Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother before going to the school.
A thought for the day: "A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." -- Jerry Seinfeld