THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2016. There are 14 days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1903: Wilbur and Orville Wright conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.
IN THE WORLD
1777: France recognized American independence.
1996: Peruvian guerrillas took hundreds of people hostage at the Japanese embassy in Lima (all but 72 hostages were released by the rebels; the siege ended April 22, 1997, with a commando raid that resulted in the deaths of all the rebels, two commandos and one hostage).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Pope Francis is 80. Political commentator Chris Matthews is 71. Actor Bill Pullman is 63. Actress Sarah Paulson is 42. Actress Marissa Ribisi is 42. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 42.