Today is the 360th day of 2012 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 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; Jimmy Buffett (1946- ), singer; Sissy Spacek (1949- ), actress; Karl Rove (1950- ), political strategist; Annie Lennox (1954- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1989, former New York Yankees player and manager Billy Martin died in an automobile accident.
TODAY'S FACT: Americans spent $35.3 billion shopping online during the holiday season in 2011.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Most people seek after what they do not possess and thus are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire. They become prisoners of their desires even though they appear to be free." -- Anwar Sadat
TODAY'S NUMBER: $0 -- amount Tim Berners-Lee charges to let people use his Web innovations, including HTML, URLs and HTTP.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Dec. 20) and full moon (Dec. 28).