Today is the 333rd day of 2012 and the 68th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1905, Arthur Griffith formed the Sinn Fein political party, with the goal of independence for all of Ireland.
In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry debuted as the WSM Barn Dance.
In 1975, East Timor first declared its independence from Portugal.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton signed legislation repealing the federal 55-mph speed limit.
TODAY'S HISTORY: William Blake (1757-1827), poet/artist/philosopher; Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), social philosopher; Claude Levi-Strauss (1908-2009), social anthropologist; Berry Gordy (1929- ), Motown Records founder; Randy Newman (1943- ), composer; Paul Shaffer (1949- ), bandleader; Ed Harris (1950- ), actor; Jon Stewart (1962- ), TV personality.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1979, Billy Smith of the New York Islanders became the first goalie in National Hockey League history to be credited with a goal. After a Colorado Rockies player mistakenly hit the puck into his own team's net, Smith was awarded the goal as the last Islander to touch the puck.
TODAY'S FACT: Randy Newman was nominated for an Academy Award a record 15 times without winning before finally earning an Oscar in 2002 for the original song "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters, Inc."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing." -- Claude Levi-Strauss
TODAY'S NUMBER: 7 -- Enron's rank among the largest U.S. companies before it went bankrupt in December 2001. Enron stock, which had reached a high of $90 per share in August 2000, plunged below $1 on this day in 2001.
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (Nov. 28).