Today is Friday, Dec. 29.
Today's Highlight in History:
2012: Gay Marriage Maine
Five years ago: Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect.
1916: James Joyce
In 1916, James Joyce's first novel, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," was first published in book form in New York after being serialized in London.
1957: Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
In 1957, singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married in Las Vegas (the marriage lasted until Gorme's death in 2013).
1972: Eastern Air Lines Crash
In 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard.
1986: Harold Macmillan
In 1986, former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died in Sussex, England, at age 92.
2007: David Hicks
Ten years ago: Australian David Hicks, who'd fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a nine-month sentence struck under a plea deal that followed more than five years' detention without a trial at Guantanamo.
2007: New England Patriots
Ten years ago: The New England Patriots ended their regular season with a remarkable 16-0 record following a 38-35 comeback victory over the New York Giants. (New England became the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule.)
2012: India Gang Rape
Five years ago: Shocked Indians mourned the death of a woman who'd been gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks earlier; six suspects were charged with murder. (Four were later sentenced to death; one died in prison; the sixth, a juvenile at the time of the attack, was sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reform home.)
2016: Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
One year ago: Tennis star Serena Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian — on Reddit. (The couple married on Nov. 16, 2017.)