Today is Saturday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2004. There are 20 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 11, 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.

On this date:

In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

In 1872, America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.

In 1928, police in Buenos Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.

In 1937, Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.

In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.

In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

In 1981, the U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the world body.

In 1991, a jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual assault and battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.

In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.

In 1998, the Mars Climate Orbiter blasted off on a nine-month journey to the red planet (however, the probe disappeared in September 1999, apparently destroyed).

Ten years ago: Thousands of Russian troops backed by armored columns and jets rolled into breakaway republic of Chechnya in a bid to restore Moscow's control over the region. Leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere nations signed a free-trade declaration in Miami.

Five years ago: Agreeing with his wife, President Bill Clinton told CBS Radio his 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military wasn't working, and he pledged to work with the Pentagon to find a way to fix it. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin's record-setting tailback, was a landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

One year ago: U.S. health officials reported an early flu outbreak had hit all 50 states and was widespread in 24. A German court freed a Moroccan accused of supporting the Sept. 11 al-Qaida terror cell in Hamburg, saying there was new evidence he did not know about the plot. A new second home for the National Air and Space Museum opened in Chantilly, Va., some 28 miles west of the original's home in Washington D.C.

Today's Birthdays: Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is 86. Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 74. Actress Rita Moreno is 73. Actor Ron Carey is 69. Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 65. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 64. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is 63. Actress Donna Mills is 62. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is 61. Singer Brenda Lee is 60. Actress Lynda Day George is 60. Music producer Tony Brown is 58. Actress Teri Garr is 56. Movie director Susan Seidelman is 52. Actress Bess Armstrong is 51. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 50. Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 46. Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 43. Singer-musician Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 40. Rock musician David Schools (Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic) is 40. Actor Gary Dourdan ("CSI") is 38. Actress-comedian Mo'Nique ("The Parkers") is 36. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 31. Actor Rider Strong is 25.

Thought for Today: "I see no wisdom in saving up indignation for a rainy day." - Heywood Broun, American journalist (1888-1939).