Today is Wednesday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2016 with three to follow.
The moon is new. 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 Capricorn. They include Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, in 1856; Gen. Billy Mitchell, father of the U.S. Air Force, in 1879; jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines in 1903; actor Cliff Arquette in 1905; comic book writer and character creator Stan Lee in 1922 (age 94); actors Lew Ayres in 1908, Martin Milner in 1931 (age 85), Maggie Smith in 1934 (age 82) and Denzel Washington in 1954 (age 62); entrepreneur Philip Anschutz in 1939 (age 77); rock musician Edgar Winter in 1946 (age 70); Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in 1955 (age 61); actor Seth Meyers in 1973 (age 43); and singer John Legend in 1978 (age 38).
On this date in history:
In 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
In 1846, Iowa was admitted into the United States as the 29th state.
In 1865, French film pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed the first commercial motion pictures at a Paris cafe.
In 1869, a group of tailors in Philadelphia staged the first Labor Day ceremonies in the United States.
In 1908, an earthquake in the Messina area of southern Italy killed at least 80,000 people.
In 1945, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.
In 1950, advancing Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel, dividing line between North and South Korea, to help the communist North Koreans fight U.S.-led U.N. forces.
In 1985, warring Lebanese Muslim and Christian leaders signed a peace agreement backed by Syria.
In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the country had a population of 281,421,906 people -- a 13.2 percent increase in 10 years.
In 2007, Nepal abolished its monarchy and became a federal democratic republic.
In 2011, the FBI reported that guns were among the hottest items sought by American holiday shoppers.
In 2012, a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi died at a hospital in Singapore. The attack by six men on the woman and her boyfriend caused outrage throughout India.
In 2013, fire in a passenger train coach in India's southeast Andhra Pradesh state killed at least 26 people, many of whom were asleep when the flames broke out..
A thought for the day: Benjamin Franklin said, "People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages."