Today is the 283rd day of 2012 and the 18th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1635, religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1888, the public was first allowed inside the Washington Monument.
In 1967, guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed for attempting to lead revolutionaries in Bolivia.
In 2006, North Korea claimed it had performed its first nuclear test.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Lennon (1940-1980), musician; Trent Lott (1941- ), politician; Jackson Browne (1948- ), singer/songwriter; Tony Shalhoub (1953- ), actor; Scott Bakula (1954- ), actor; Mike Singletary (1958- ), football player; Guillermo del Toro (1964- ), director; Annika Sorenstam (1970- ), golfer; Scotty McCreery (1993- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1915, Woodrow Wilson became the first sitting president to attend a World Series game.
TODAY'S FACT: The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues presented a lifetime presidential pass for attending games to Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, but he wasn't a baseball fan.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To err is human, to forgive is divine ... but this does not make it desirable to make as many errors as possible." -- Roger Williams
TODAY'S NUMBER: 36,491 -- marble bricks used to build the Washington Monument.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Oct. 8) and new moon (Oct. 15).