Today is Sunday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2019 with two to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus. Evening stars are Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh, who patented a waterproof fabric, in 1766; industrialist Charles Goodyear in 1800; Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, in 1808; Gen. Billy Mitchell, father of the U.S. Air Force, in 1879; golf course designer Pete Dye in 1925 (age 94); actor Inga Swenson in 1932 (age 87); actor Ed Flanders in 1934; actor Mary Tyler Moore in 1936; football Hall of Fame member Ray Nitschke in 1936; actor Jon Voight in 1938 (age 81); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Rick Danko in 1943; singer Marianne Faithfull in 1946 (age 73); actor Ted Danson in 1947 (age 72); actor Jon Polito in 1950; singer Yvonne Elliman in 1951 (age 68); comedian Paula Poundstone in 1959 (age 60); actor Michael Cudlitz in 1964 (age 55); television journalist Ashleigh Banfield in 1967 (age 52); actor Jude Law in 1972 (age 47); actor Mekhi Phifer in 1974 (age 45); actor Danny McBride in 1976 (age 43); actor Diego Luna in 1979 (age 40); actor Alison Brie in 1982 (age 37); actor Jane Levy in 1989 (age 30); actor Dylan Minnette in 1996 (age 23).
On this date in history:
In 1170, Anglican churchman/politician Thomas Becket was killed at Britain's Canterbury Cathedral.
In 1845, Texas was admitted into the United States as the 28th state.
In 1848, gaslights were installed at the White House for the first time.
In 1851, the first chapter of the Young Men's Christian Association -- the YMCA -- opened in Boston.
In 1890, more than 200 Lakota men, women and children were massacred by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek, S.D.
In 1940, London had its most devastating air raid when Germans firebombed the city.
In 1975, a terrorist bomb exploded at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 75.
In 1983, the United States announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, charging the U.N. cultural and scientific organization was biased against Western nations.
In 1989, playwright Vaclav Havel was sworn in as the first non-communist president of Czechoslovakia since 1948.
In 1992, a Cuban airliner was hijacked to Miami as part of a mass defection. Forty-eight of the 53 people aboard sought and were granted political asylum.
In 2002, Kenyan voters ousted the party that had ruled the nation since 1963 in an election that ended the 24-year presidency of Daniel Arap Moi.
In 2006, AT&T won U.S. approval to complete an $85 billion takeover of BellSouth Corp. after it made a series of consumer-friendly concessions.
In 2007, the New England Patriots became the first NFL team to finish the regular season with a 16-0 record. Quarterback Tom Brady also set the record for most touchdown passes in a season at 50, a record broken in 2013 by Peyton Manning.
In 2012, Pakistani officials said tainted cough syrup killed up to 36 people over a four-day period. Authorities shut down about a dozen medical stores and seized 8,000 bottles of the syrup.
In 2016, the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 25 Russian diplomats and news sanctions as punishment for meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
In 2018, Egyptian forces killed 40 militants in raids on three hideouts in the country's Giza and North Sinai governorate.
A thought for the day: Author/poet Maya Angelou said, "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."