Today is Monday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2016 with 12 to go.
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 women's suffrage leader Mary Livermore in 1820; novelist Eleanor Porter ("Pollyanna") in 1868; baseball Hall of Fame member Ford Frick in 1894; British actor Ralph Richardson in 1902; Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev in 1906; French dramatist Jean Genet, a pioneer in the theater of the absurd, in 1910; French singer Edith Piaf in 1915; country singer Little Jimmy Dickens in 1920 (age 96); actor Cicely Tyson in 1933 (age 83); baseball Hall of Fame member Al Kaline in 1934 (age 82); folk singer Phil Ochs in 1940; former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in 1941 (age 75); British rock musician Alvin Lee in 1944; bluegrass musician John McEuen in 1945 (age 71); actors Tim Reid in 1944 (age 72), Robert Urich in 1946, Jennifer Beals in 1963 (age 53), Robert MacNaughton in 1966 (age 50), Alyssa Milano in 1972 (age 44) and Jake Gyllenhaal in 1980 (age 36).
On this date in history:
In 1777, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army began a winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pa.
In 1958, the U.S. satellite SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment), launched aboard an Atlas rocket, transmitted the first radio voice broadcast from space, a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Dwight Eisenhower.
In 1972, the splashdown of Apollo 17 ended the United States' manned moon exploration program.
In 1984, the prime ministers of Britain and China signed an agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.
In 1998, Bill Clinton became the second U.S. president to be impeached (Andrew Johnson was the first) by the House of Representatives, which approved articles charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. Like Johnson, he was acquitted by the Senate.
In 2006, a Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a doctor to death for deliberately infecting 426 children with HIV.
In 2009, Irish Catholic Bishop Donald Murray resigned after bring criticized in a report that accused the church of covering up priests' alleged sexual abuse of Dublin children.
In 2011, North Korea announced that leader Kim Jong Il, 69, had died (two days earlier). Kim, son of the founder of the communist country, had been in power since 1994. He was succeeded by his son Kim Jong Un.
In 2013, Target, confirming a security breach, said criminals stole credit and debit card information millions of people who shopped in its stores in the post-Thanksgiving period.
A thought for the day: "When you judge another you do not define them, you define yourself." -- Wayne Dyer