Today is the 311th day of 2012 and the 46th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1860, Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates to win the presidency.
In 1861, voters in the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president.
In 1947, "Meet the Press" made its television debut.
In 1975, punk rock pioneers the Sex Pistols played their first concert.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charles Dow (1851-1902), economist/journalist; John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), composer; James Naismith (1861-1939), inventor of basketball; Mike Nichols (1931- ), film director; Sally Field (1946- ), actress; Ethan Hawke (1970- ), actor; Rebecca Romijn (1972- ), model/actress; Zoe McLellan (1974- ), actress; Emma Stone (1988- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1869, the first modern intercollegiate football game was played between Rutgers and Princeton universities in New Brunswick, N.J.
TODAY'S FACT: "Meet the Press," which is the longest-running television series in history and is still on the air, began in 1945 as a radio show called "American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed." -- Abraham Lincoln
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- years in the term for which Jefferson Davis was elected to serve as president. The Civil War ended before his term expired.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (Nov. 6).