Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") is 100. Opera singer Leontyne Price is 86. Actor Robert Wagner is 83. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 80. Singer Roberta Flack is 76. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 73. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 66. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 63. Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Robert Iger is 62. Rock musician and composer Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise) is 62. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 58. Actress Kathleen Beller is 57. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 53. Movie director Alexander Payne is 52. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 50. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 49. Actress Laura Dern is 46. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 41. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 39. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden's Crush) is 36. Actress Julia Pace Mitchell is 35. Country musician Jeremy Baxter (Carolina Rain) is 33. Rock singer Eric Dill is 31. Rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) is 31. Actress Emma Roberts is 22. Actress Makenzie Vega is 19. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 16.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.