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Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2012 with four to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Evening stars include Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Mars.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include German astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1571; English engineer George Cayley, father of the science of aerodynamics, in 1773; French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur in 1822; actors Sydney Greenstreet in 1879, Marlene Dietrich in 1901 and Cliff Arquette in 1905; musician/actor Oscar Levant in 1906; actor John Amos in 1939 (age 73); news correspondent Cokie Roberts in 1943 (age 69); French actor Gerard Depardieu in 1948 (age 64); and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon in 1951 (age 61).

Copyright 2012 by United Press International

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