Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappeared while swimming in the ocean off Cheviot Beach in Victoria state; despite an extensive search, his body was never found (Holt was succeeded as premier by John McEwen).
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1598; Theodor Schwann, German physiologist and co-originator of cell theory, in 1810; novelist Willa Cather in 1873; department store chain founder Richard Sears in 1863; linguist Noam Chomsky in 1928 (age 89); actor Ellen Burstyn in 1932 (age 85); rock/folksinger Harry Chapin in 1942; baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench in 1947 (age 70);
singer/songwriter Tom Waits in 1949 (age 68); basket
a thought for the day: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson wrote, The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.
those born on this date are under the sign of sagittarius. They include England’s King Henry VI in 1421; lyricist Ira Gershwin in 1896; bank robber Lester Baby Face Nelson in 1908; jazz pianist Dave Brubeck in 1920; football Hall of Fame member Otto Graham in 1921; actor James Naughton in 1945 (age 71); actor JoBeth Williams in 1948 (age 69); actor Tom Hulce in 1953 (age 64); comedian Steven Wright in 1955 (age 62); actor Janine Turner in 1962 (age 55); actor Janine Turner in 1962 (age 55
On this date in history: In 1768, Encyclopedia Britannica was first published.
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thought for today: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney, American movie producer (born this date in 1901, died 1966).