Today is the 359th day of 2019 and the fifth day of winter.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1868, President Andrew Johnson unconditionally pardoned all those who had participated in the Southern rebellion that led to the Civil War.
In 1974, 25-year-old Marshall Fields crashed his car through a White House gate and threatened to detonate a bomb; he surrendered after a four-hour standoff.
In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee launched the first World Wide Web server.
In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as Soviet president. The Soviet Union was officially dissolved the next day.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), scientist; Clara Barton (1821-1912), American Red Cross founder; Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), actor; Cab Calloway (1907-1994), bandleader/singer; Anwar Sadat (1918-1981), Egyptian president; Rod Serling (1924-1975), screenwriter/producer; Jimmy Buffett (1946-), singer-songwriter; Sissy Spacek (1949-), actress; Karl Rove (1950-), political strategist; Annie Lennox (1954-), singer; Rickey Henderson (1958-), baseball player; Justin Trudeau (1971-), prime minister of Canada.
TODAY’S FACT: Americans spent $123.9 billion shopping online during the holiday season in 2018.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1989, former New York Yankees player and manager Billy Martin died in an automobile accident.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “That’s the easiest thing on Earth, to come up with an idea ... The hardest thing on Earth is to put it down.” — Rod Serling
TODAY’S NUMBER: 50 million — units sold of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” making it the best-selling single of all time, according to Guinness World Records. The song debuted on Crosby’s weekly radio program, “The Kraft Music Hall,” on this day in 1941.
TODAY’S MOON: New moon (Dec. 25).