THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2016. There are eight days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1788: Maryland passed an act to cede an area “not exceeding ten miles square” for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 73. U.S. Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is 72. Actress Susan Lucci is 70. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 52. The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is 49. Actor Spencer Daniels is 24.