Today is the 321st day of 2012 and the 56th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1801, the first New York Post newspaper was published.
In 1841, the first underwater tunnel was completed beneath the Thames River in London.
In 1914, the Federal Reserve System of the United States officially opened.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: W.C. Handy (1873-1958), composer; George Kaufman (1889-1961), playwright; Jose Saramago (1922-2010), writer; Chinua Achebe (1930- ), writer; Marg Helgenberger (1958- ), actress; Lisa Bonet (1967- ), actress; Oksana Baiul (1977- ), figure skater; Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, the longest winning streak in college football history ended at 47 games, when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the Oklahoma Sooners.
TODAY'S FACT: The $5 bill is the U.S. currency with the shortest lifespan, lasting an average of 16 months in circulation.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories." -- Richard Nixon
TODAY'S NUMBER: 800 -- length (in miles) of the trans-Alaska pipeline system.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 13) and first quarter (Nov. 20).