Today is the 297th day of 2012 and the 32nd day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly met in New York for the first time.
In 1983, a suicide truck bombing in Beirut killed 241 U.S. military personnel.
In 1996, the civil trial on O.J. Simpson's liability in the deaths of his ex-wife and a friend opened in Santa Monica, Calif.
In 2001, Apple announced the first iPod, which cost $399 and offered five gigabytes of storage.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Adlai Stevenson (1835-1914), politician; Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003), swimmer; Johnny Carson (1925-2005), TV personality/comedian; Pele (1940- ), soccer player; Michael Crichton (1942-2008), writer; Ang Lee (1954- ), filmmaker; Dwight Yoakam (1956- ), singer; Sam Raimi (1959- ), director; "Weird Al" Yankovic (1959- ), singer/satirist; Ryan Reynolds (1976- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1921, the Green Bay Packers played their first NFL game, defeating the Minneapolis Marines by the score of 7-6.
TODAY'S FACT: "Westworld," a 1973 science fiction film written and directed by Michael Crichton, was the first movie to use computer-generated images.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The only thing money gives you is the freedom of not worrying about money." -- Johnny Carson
TODAY'S NUMBER: 26 -- members of the United Nations when it first convened in 1946.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Oct. 21) and full moon (Oct. 29).