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This day in history

Wednesday, Dec. 26, isthe 361st day of 2012. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on ‘‘Sesame Street”) is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Abdul ‘‘Duke’’ Fakir (the Four Tops) is 77. Record producer Phil Spector is 73. ‘‘America’s Most Wanted’’ host John Walsh is 67. Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk is 65. Retired MLB All-Star Chris Chambliss is 64. Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 58. Former Senator Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is 57. Humorist David Sedaris is 56. Rock musician Lars Ulrich (Metallica) is 49. Rock singer Chris Daughtry is 33. Actress Beth Behrs (‘‘2 Broke Girls”) is 27.

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