THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today is Thursday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2016. There are two days left in the year.
IN THE NATION
1845: Texas was admitted as the 28th state.
IN THE WORLD
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.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 80. Actor Jon Voight is 78. Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. is 70. Actor Ted Danson is 69. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 57. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 57. Actor Michael Cudlitz is 52. Movie director Andy Wachowski is 49. Actor Jude Law is 44. Actor Diego Luna is 37.