Today is the 364th day of 2012 and the ninth day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1170, Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered.
In 1940, Germany dropped hundreds of incendiary bombs on London.
In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charles Goodyear (1800-1860), inventor; Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), 17th U.S. president; William Gladstone (1809-1898), British prime minister; Mary Tyler Moore (1936- ), actress; Jon Voight (1938- ), actor; Ted Danson (1947- ), actor; Patricia Clarkson (1959- ), actress; Jude Law (1972- ), actor; Danny McBride (1976- ), actor/comedian; Alison Brie (1982- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1978, Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes punched a Clemson player who had just intercepted a pass during the Gator Bowl. Hayes was fired the next day.
TODAY'S FACT: OSHA imposed the largest fine in agency history on Oct. 30, 2009, assessing $87 million in penalties against oil company BP. A 2005 explosion at the company's refinery in Texas killed 15 workers.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home." -- William Gladstone
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- years that Thomas Becket spent in exile (1164-1170) for refusing to acquiesce to new laws set by Henry II.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Dec. 28) and last quarter moon (Jan. 4).