Today is Monday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2017 with 20 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus. The evening stars are Mercury and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include U.S. statesman George Mason in 1725; New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1882; football Hall of Fame member Doc Blanchard in 1924; actor Rita Moreno (first performer to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy) in 1931 (age 86); singer David Gates in 1940 (age 77); former Secretary of State John Kerry in 1943 (age 74); singer Brenda Lee in 1944 (age 73); actor Donna Mills in 1940 (age 77); actor Teri Garr in 1947 (age 70); actor Bess Armstrong in 1953 (age 64); Rock and Roll Hall of Famer member Jermaine Jackson in 1954 (age 63); rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) in 1958 (age 59); actor Mo'Nique in 1967 (age 50); actor Mos Def in 1973 (age 44); actor Rider Strong in 1979 (age 38); actor Karla Souza in 1985 (age 32); actor Hailee Steinfeld in 1996 (age 21).
On this date in history:
In 1789, the North Carolina Legislature chartered the University of North Carolina.
In 1816, Indiana joined the United States as its 19th state.
In 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. His brother succeeded to the throne as King George VI.
In 1941, four days after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
In 1946, UNICEF was established.
In 1951, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball.
In 1964, Ernesto "Che" Guevara addresses the United Nations General Assembly.
In 1972, Apollo 17 landed on the moon. It was the final Apollo lunar landing. Ron Evans was the command module pilot and Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt walked on the surface during the mission. Cernan was the last to re-enter their lunar module -- the last man on the moon.
In 1984, a nativity scene was displayed near the White House for the first time since courts ordered it removed in 1973.
In 1994, up to 40,000 Russian troops invaded Chechnya, a semi-autonomous Republic on Russia's border with Georgia, to put down a secessionist rebellion.
In 1995, two Japanese cult members admitted they released toxic sarin gas in Tokyo subway trains that killed 12 people in March.
In 2001, the United States filed its first charges in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, accusing Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, of conspiring with others to carry out the assault.
In 2004, Vienna doctors treating the mystery illness of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko determined he was poisoned with dioxin while campaigning for president.
In 2006, Jewish groups worldwide expressed anger as Iran opened a two-day conference in Tehran to determine if the Holocaust was reality or myth.
In 2008, Bernard Madoff, an investment manager, was arrested and charged with defrauding clients of up to $50 billion in what may have been the largest swindle in Wall Street history. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials said he ran a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. In June 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison.
In 2010, police said Mark Madoff, the 46-year-old eldest son of convicted multibillion-dollar Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, hanged himself in his New York apartment on the second anniversary of his father's arrest.
In 2013, Pope Francis was named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
In 2015, Playboy published what was announced as its last magazine to feature nudity, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover. One year later, the magazine returned to publishing nude photographs.
A thought for the day: "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." -- George Bernard Shaw