Today is the 298th day of 2012 and the 33rd day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect.
In 1987, the Teamsters union was readmitted to the AFL-CIO, 30 years after its expulsion.
In 2002, authorities arrested John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo in connection with Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks.
In 2003, the last commercial Concorde flight was made.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), writer/publisher; Bob Kane (1915-1998), cartoonist; Bill Wyman (1936- ), musician; F. Murray Abraham (1939- ), actor; Kevin Kline (1947- ), actor; B.D. Wong (1962- ), actor; Monica (1980- ), singer; Drake (1986- ), actor/rapper; Shenae Grimes (1989- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 to win World Series Game 6, becoming the first Canadian team to win the Major League Baseball championship.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Nothing will work unless you do." -- Maya Angelou
TODAY'S FACT: The minimum wage was 40 cents per hour in 1945.
TODAY'S NUMBER: 128 -- maximum number of passengers accommodated by Concorde supersonic planes.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Oct. 21) and full moon (Oct. 29).