Today is Friday, Dec. 2, the 337th day of 2016. There are 29 days left in the year.

Highlight in History

In 1816, the first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for business.

OTHER EVENTS

In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October.

In 1939, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Airport) went into operation as an airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight.

In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would eventually lead Cuba to Communism.

In 1970, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors under its first director, William D. Ruckelshaus.

In 2006, Fidel Castro failed to attend a military parade marking the 50th anniversary of the formation of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, raising questions about his ability to return to power.

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 85. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is 77. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 66. Actress Lucy Liu (loo) is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles is 43. Singer Nelly Furtado is 38. Pop singer Britney Spears is 35. Actress-singer Jana Kramer is 33. Actress Yvonne Orji (TV: “Insecure”) is 33. NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 33. Actor Alfred Enoch is 28. Pop singer/songwriter Charlie Puth is 25. Actresses Daniella and Deanna Canterman are 24.

Thought for Today: “Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them.” — Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859).