Today is the 300th day of 2012 and the 35th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1774, the first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
In 1881, the legendary shootout between the Earps and the Clanton-McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, left three men dead.
In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger announced "peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act into law.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), singer; Bob Hoskins (1942- ), actor; Pat Conroy (1945- ), novelist; Pat Sajak (1946- ), TV personality; Hillary Clinton (1947- ), secretary of state; Dylan McDermott (1961- ), actor; Cary Elwes (1962- ), actor; Natalie Merchant (1963- ), singer; Keith Urban (1967- ), singer; Seth MacFarlane (1973- ), writer/TV producer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, the Florida Marlins became the youngest Major League Baseball franchise ever to win a World Series, earning the championship in their fifth year of existence. The 4-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks surpassed the Marlins' mark with a World Series win in 2001.
TODAY'S FACT: Florida is the flattest state in the United States. Its highest elevation is only 345 feet above sea level.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends." -- Hillary Clinton
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,500 -- weight (in pounds) of the "Wheel of Fortune" that is spun on its eponymous game show, hosted by Pat Sajak.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Oct. 21) and full moon (Oct. 29).