Today is the 280th day of 2012 and the 15th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1949, American-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino (identified as "Tokyo Rose") was fined and sentenced to prison after being found guilty of treason.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Yom Kippur.
In 1981, Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
In 2000, Serbian and Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, who had been indicted by the United Nations in 1999 for crimes against humanity, resigned.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jenny Lind (1820-1887), opera singer; George Westinghouse (1846-1914), engineer/inventor; Le Corbusier (1887-1965), architect; Helen Wills Moody (1905-1998), tennis player; Carole Lombard (1908-1942), actress; Elisabeth Shue (1963- ), actress; Jeremy Sisto (1974- ), actor; Olivia Thirlby (1986- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1926, Babe Ruth hit three home runs for the New York Yankees in game four of the World Series, setting a record that still stands and leading the Yankees to a 10-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
TODAY'S FACT: George Westinghouse formed more than 60 companies to market his inventions, which were collectively estimated to have been worth $120 million in 1900.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual -- and the soul of a people." -- Anwar Sadat
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2 -- Nobel laureates who have declined the prize. Jean-Paul Sartre declined the 1964 Literature Prize, and Le Duc Tho declined the 1973 Peace Prize, which he was to have shared with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Sept. 29) and last quarter (Oct. 8).