THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2016. There are nine days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1910: A fire lasting more than 26 hours broke out at the Chicago Union Stock Yards; 21 firefighters were killed in the collapse of a burning building.
2015: Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, from Colorado, was named The Associated Press college football player of the year.
IN THE WORLD
1989: Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last of Eastern Europe’s hard-line Communist rulers, was toppled from power in a popular uprising.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton is 72. Musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 68. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 68. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 65. Rapper Luther “Luke” Campbell is 56. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 54. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is 46. Singer Jordin Sparks is 27. Singer Meghan Trainor is 23. The Associated Press