Today is Monday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2017 with 27 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus. The evening stars are Mercury and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include English novelist Samuel Butler in 1835; Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 1892; game show host Wink Martindale in 1933 (age 84); actor Max Baer Jr. in 1937 (age 80); actor Jeff Bridges in 1949 (age 68); actor Patricia Wettig in 1951 (age 66); actor Marisa Tomei in 1964 (age 53); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dennis Wilson (the Beach Boys) in 1944; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chris Hillman (the Byrds) in 1944 (age 73); writer A. Scott Berg in 1949 (age 68); sports broadcaster Skip Bayless in 1951 (age 66); Olympic gold medal pole vaulter Sergey Bubka in 1963 (age 54); news commentator Suzanne Malveaux in 1966 (age 51); actor Fred Armisen in 1966 (age 51); rapper Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, in 1969 (age 48); model and television personality Tyra Banks in 1973 (age 44); actor Orlando Brown in 1987 (age 30).


On this date in history:

In 1881, the Los Angeles Times published its first edition.

In 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered liquidation of the Works Projects Administration, created during the Great Depression to provide work for the unemployed. The WPA was originally called the Works Progress Administration.

In 1954, the first Burger King fast-food restaurant opened -- in Miami.

In 1971, India joined East Pakistan in its war for independence from West Pakistan. East Pakistan became the republic of Bangladesh.

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In 1991, American Terry Anderson was freed by his pro-Iranian captors after six years.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops into Somalia.

In 1997, health officials in Europe voted to ban most forms of advertising of tobacco beginning in four to five years.

In 2006, John Bolton resigned as U.S. envoy to the United Nations. He had been a harsh critic of U.N. bureaucracy.

In 2009, an Italian jury found U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito were acquitted in 2011.

In 2010, Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was sworn in for another term in defiance of a U.N. determination that his opponent, Alassane Ouattara, who also was sworn in, had won a runoff election "with absolute certainty." Gbago was forced out four months later.

In 2012, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, responding to a challenge to survive on food stamps, began a week of spending less than $5 a day on food -- posting his grocery receipts on Facebook and Twitter. "This is hard," said Booker, who became a U.S. senator in 2013.

In 2013, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 by the NFL for stepping onto the field and interfering with a kickoff return in a 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 28. Tomlin said it was "an inexcusable blunder on my part."

A thought for the day: "Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody." -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar