Today is Saturday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2017. There are 22 days left in the year.

In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.

In 1917, British forces captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks.

In 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York honored college football player Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago with the DAC Trophy, which later became known as the Heisman.

In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.

In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.

In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park.

In 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the first animated TV special featuring characters from the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, premiered on CBS.

In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

Birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 101. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 87. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 83. Actor Beau Bridges is 76. Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is 75. Comedian-songwriter Neil Innes is 73. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 68. Actor John Malkovich is 64. Singer Donny Osmond is 60. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 48. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is 22.

Thought for Today: "All sins are attempts to fill voids." -- Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).