Today is the 312th day of 2012 and the 47th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1805, William Clark wrote his famous journal entry, "Ocian in view! O! the joy," believing the Lewis and Clark expedition had reached the Pacific Ocean. The explorers were actually still 20 miles from sea.
In 1917, the Russian Bolshevik Revolution occurred as Vladimir Lenin's forces overthrew Alexander Kerensky's provisional government.
In 1994, WXYC in Chapel Hill, N.C., became the first radio station to offer a 24-hour simulcast on the Internet.
In 2000, the outcome of the U.S. presidential election was unknown at the end of Election Day, as Al Gore and George W. Bush awaited results in New Mexico, Oregon and Florida.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Marie Curie (1867-1934), physicist/chemist; Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary; Albert Camus (1913-1960), writer; Billy Graham (1918- ), evangelist; Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), opera singer; Joni Mitchell (1943- ), singer/songwriter; David Petraeus (1952- ), CIA director; Keith Lockhart (1959- ), conductor; Yunjin Kim (1973- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1991, basketball legend Magic Johnson announced he had contracted HIV and would retire from the NBA.
TODAY'S FACT: Jeannette Rankin is the only woman ever elected to Congress from the state of Montana. On this day in 1916, she was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican and served until 1919. She was elected to Congress again in 1940.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes." -- Leon Trotsky
TODAY'S NUMBER: 150 million -- registered users of the Pandora Internet radio service as of April 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Nov. 6) and new moon (Nov. 13).