Today is the 324th day of 2012 and the 59th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony in Pennsylvania.
In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, where he met with Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: James A. Garfield (1831-1881), 20th U.S. president; Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian prime minister; Roy Campanella (1921-1993), baseball player; Larry King (1933- ), TV personality; Ted Turner (1938- ), media magnate; Calvin Klein (1942- ), fashion designer; Ann Curry (1956- ), television journalist; Allison Janney (1959- ), actress; Meg Ryan (1961- ), actress; Jodie Foster (1962- ), actress; Ryan Howard (1979- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2001, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first major-league baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player awards. He won again each of the following three years, finishing his career with a record seven MVP awards.
TODAY'S FACT: The number of sets of quintuplets, sextuplets and septuplets born in the United States increased from 13 in 1990 to 80 in 2009 with increased use of fertility drugs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained." -- James A. Garfield
TODAY'S NUMBER: 13,609 -- words in the speech of Edward Everett, the keynote speaker of the Gettysburg dedication ceremony. Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address was fewer than 300 words.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 13) and first quarter (Nov. 20).