Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year.
On Dec. 14, 2012, a 20-year-old gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then committed suicide as police arrived.
In 1799, George Washington died at his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home at age 67.
In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out a British expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson vetoed an immigration measure aimed at preventing "undesirables" and anyone born in the "Asiatic Barred Zone" from entering the U.S. (Congress overrode Wilson's veto in February 1917.)
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the U.N.'s headquarters in New York.
In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, ruled that Congress was within its authority to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against racial discrimination by private businesses (in this case, a motel that refused to cater to blacks).
In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan concluded their third and final moonwalk and blasted off from the lunar surface for their rendezvous with the command module.
In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.
In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
Birthdays: Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 71. Singer Ronnie McNeir (The Four Tops) is 68. Actress Vanessa Hudgens is 29.
Thought for Today: "No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine that they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by." -- Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (1797-1828).