Today is the 310th day of 2012 and the 45th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by voting, leading to a $100 fine.
In 1895, George B. Selden patented the first automobile.
In 1940, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated challenger Wendell Willkie to win an unprecedented third presidential term.
In 2007, Chang'e-1, China's first unmanned lunar spacecraft, entered orbit around the moon.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ida Tarbell (1857-1944), journalist; Roy Rogers (1911-1998), actor/singer; Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), actress; Art Garfunkel (1941- ), singer; Sam Shepard (1943- ), playwright/actor; Bill Walton (1952- ), basketball player/commentator; Tilda Swinton (1960- ), actress; Johnny Damon (1973- ), baseball player; Ryan Adams (1974- ), musician; Kevin Jonas (1987), musician.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to claim the heavyweight boxing title.
TODAY'S FACT: Saudi Arabia announced in 2011 that women would have the right to vote beginning in 2015.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It never occurred to me that patriotism had to be advertised. Patriotism (was) something you deeply felt. You didn't have to wear it on your lapel or show it in your window or on a bumper sticker." -- Sam Shepard
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- countries that still deny women the right to vote in national elections.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Oct. 29) and last quarter (Nov. 6).