Today is the 293rd day of 2012 and the 28th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, Lord Charles Cornwallis' British troops surrendered at Yorktown, Va., heralding an imminent victory for the Continental Army.
In 1960, the United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for medical supplies and certain foods.
In 1987, "Black Monday" set a new Wall Street record for a single-day decline when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points.
In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Auguste Lumiere (1862-1954), inventor/filmmaker; Charles Merrill (1885-1956), investment banker; Jack Anderson (1922-2005), columnist; John le Carre (1931- ), novelist; John Lithgow (1945- ), actor; Jennifer Holliday (1960- ), singer; Evander Holyfield (1962- ), boxer; Jon Favreau (1966- ), actor/director; Trey Parker (1969- ), TV producer/writer; Chris Kattan (1970- ), actor/comedian; Jason Reitman (1977- ), filmmaker.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, Maurice "Rocket" Richard became the first NHL player to score 500 goals.
TODAY'S FACT: Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere, inventors of the Cinematographe camera that helped kick-start the motion-picture era, declared cinema "an invention without any future."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world." -- John le Carre
TODAY'S NUMBER: 16 -- seasons Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "South Park" has aired on Comedy Central.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Oct. 15) and first quarter (Oct. 21).