Today is Monday, December 27th, the 361st day of 2021, with four to come.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, and Venus.

Those born on this day are under the sign of Capricorn. These include the German astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1571; French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur in 1822; Actor Sydney Greenstreet in 1879; Actress Marlene Dietrich 1901; Actor John Amos in 1939 (age 82); News correspondent Cokie Roberts in 1943; French actor Gerard Depardieu in 1948 (age 73); the former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon 1951 (age 70); Wrestler Chyna, born in 1969 as Joan Marie Laurer; News correspondent Savannah Guthrie 1971 (age 50); Actress Heather O’Rourke in 1975; Singer Walker Hayes 1979 (age 42); Actress Emilie De Ravin 1981 (age 40); Singer Hayley Williams 1988 (age 33); Actor Chloe Bridges in 1991 (age 30); Country singer Shay Mooney in 1991 (age 30); Actress Olivia Cooke in 1993 (age 28); Actor Timothee Chalamet in 1995 (age 26).

In 1941 Japanese warplanes bombed Manila in the Philippines, even though it had been declared an “open city”.

In 1968 the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders – returned to Earth, after circling the moon ten times in a flight that paved the way for moon landing missions.

In 1983 Pope John Paul II met privately in a prison cell with Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who shot and murdered the Pope in 1981. The Pope pardoned the 25-year-old.

In 1985 armed men opened fire at the El Al ticket counters at the airports in Rome and Vienna, killing 20 people and injuring more than 100.

1991 collapsed Scandinavian Airlines jet with 129 people on board and broke apart after taking off in Stockholm. No one died in the incident.

In 1992, Port Authority Police arrested singer Harry Connick Jr. for attempting to board a plane at JFK International Airport with an unloaded gun. The court dropped the charges after the singer agreed to make a public announcement about the dangers of violating gun laws.

In 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to hold this post in an Islamic state, was murdered in a suicide bombing while leaving a political rally in Rawalpindi. According to police, she was shot twice by a rifleman who then detonated a bomb in her motorcade, killing another 20 people.

In 2008, 225 people died when Israeli jets bombed Gaza in retaliation for the rockets fired by Hamas. reported Israeli and Palestinian sources. At least 300 people were injured.

In 2013, a car bomb in Beirut killed seven people, including Mohammad Chatah, the former Lebanese ambassador to the United States. Dozens more were injured in the attack, which officials said targeted Chatah’s convoy in the central part of the city.

A thought for the day: “If a child is to maintain their innate amazement, they need the company of at least one adult who can share it and rediscover with it the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. “- American conservationist Rachel Carson