Today is Friday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2017. There are two days left in the year.
Today’s highlight: On Dec. 29, 1808, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
On this date:
In 1916, James Joyce’s first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” was first published in book form in New York after being serialized in London.
In 1957, singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married in Las Vegas (the marriage lasted until Gorme’s death in 2013).
In 1986, former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died in Sussex, England, at age 92.
In 1992, David and Sharon Schoo of St. Charles, Illinois, were arrested at O’Hare International Airport upon their return from a Mexican vacation for leaving their 4- and 9-year-old daughters at home, alone. (The Schoos pleaded guilty to child neglect and were sentenced to probation; the children were put up for adoption.)
Ten years ago: Australian David Hicks, who’d fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a nine-month sentence struck under a plea deal that followed more than five years’ detention without a trial at Guantanamo. The New England Patriots ended their regular season with a remarkable 16-0 record following a 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. (New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule.)
Five years ago: Maine’s same-sex marriage law went into effect. Shocked Indians mourned the death of a woman who’d been gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks earlier; six suspects were charged with murder. (Four were later sentenced to death; one died in prison; the sixth, a juvenile at the time of the attack, was sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reform home.)
One year ago: The United States struck back at Russia for hacking the U.S. presidential campaign with a sweeping set of punishments targeting Russia’s spy agencies and diplomats; Moscow called the Obama administration “losers” and threatened retaliation. Tennis star Serena Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian — on Reddit. (The couple married on Nov. 16, 2017.)
Today’s birthdays: Country singer Rose Lee Maphis is 95. Actress Inga Swenson is 85. Country singer Ed Bruce is 78. Rock musician Ray Thomas is 76.Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. is 71. The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, is 64. Rock singer-musician Jim Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain) is 56. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 53. Rock singer Dexter Holland (The Offspring) is 52. Actor-comedian Mystro Clark is 51. Actor Jason Gould is 51. Actress Jennifer Ehle is 48. Actor Patrick Fischler is 48. Rock singer-musician Glen Phillips is 47. Actor Kevin Weisman is 47. Actress Maria Dizzia is 43. Actor Mekhi Phifer is 43. Actor Shawn Hatosy is 42. Actress Katherine Moennig is 40. Actor Diego Luna is 38. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 34. Actor Iain de Caestecker is 30. Actress Jane Levy is 28. Singer-actor-dancer Ross Lynch is 22.
Thought for today: “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” — James Joyce, Irish novelist (1882-1941).
— Associated Press