Today is the 319th day of 2012 and the 54th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1851, the first American edition of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" was published.
In 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days, inspired by Jules Verne. It took her 72 days.
In 1910, the first airplane took flight from the deck of a ship near Hampton Roads, Va.
In 1995, a budget impasse in Congress led to a partial government shutdown.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Fulton (1765-1815), inventor; Claude Monet (1840-1926), painter; Aaron Copland (1900-1990), composer; Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), politician; Ed White (1930-1967), astronaut; Wendy Carlos (1939- ), composer; Prince Charles (1948- ), Prince of Wales; Condoleezza Rice (1954- ), former secretary of state; Yanni (1954- ), musician; Curt Schilling (1966- ), baseball player; Travis Barker (1975- ), musician.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1956, New York Yankee Mickey Mantle was named American League MVP, his first of three, after finishing the season with 52 home runs and 130 RBIs.
TODAY'S FACT: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is not the actual average price of its component stocks, but a weighted average that compensates for the effects of stock splits and other adjustments.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It's unbelievable how much you don't know about the game you've been playing all your life." -- Mickey Mantle
TODAY'S NUMBER: $45.9 million -- earnings of NBA star LeBron James in 2012. More than half of the total came from endorsements.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 13) and first quarter (Nov. 20).