Today is the 331st day of 2012 and the 66th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, the United States observed a day of Thanksgiving declared by George Washington in celebration of the new Constitution.
In 1992, it was announced that the Queen of England would begin paying income taxes, the first time a British monarch would do so since the 1930s.
In 2000, nearly three weeks after Election Day, Florida's presidential election results were certified in favor of George W. Bush.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919), physician/feminist; Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), cartoonist; Tina Turner (1939- ), singer/actress; Shawn Kemp (1969- ), basketball player; Peter Facinelli (1973- ), actor; Natasha Bedingfield (1981- ), singer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1956, Bob Richards became the first pole vaulter to win a second Olympic gold medal and set an Olympic record in the process.
TODAY'S FACT: To preserve the length of the holiday shopping season, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation on this day in 1941 that decreed Thanksgiving would always fall on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving had been celebrated on the last Thursday of November, which in some years was the fifth, since 1863.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." -- George Washington
TODAY'S NUMBER: 537 -- number of votes by which George W. Bush secured victory in Florida in 2000.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Nov. 20) and full moon (Nov. 28).