Today is the 336th day of 2012 and the 71st day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., sparking a new era in the civil rights movement.
In 1969, the United States instituted its first draft lottery since World War II.
In 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the United States had been in an official recession since December 2007.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Marie Tussaud (1761-1850), museum founder; Mary Martin (1913-1990), actress; Lou Rawls (1933-2006), singer; Woody Allen (1935- ), filmmaker; Lee Trevino (1939- ), golfer; Richard Pryor (1940-2005), actor/comedian; Bette Midler (1945- ), singer/actress; Sarah Silverman (1970- ), actress/comedian.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1924, Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance (28 wins, 2.16 ERA, 262 strikeouts) won the National League MVP award over Rogers Hornsby, who batted .424 for the season.
TODAY'S FACT: At the time of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, about 70 percent of bus riders in the city were African-American.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life doesn't imitate art. It imitates bad television." -- Woody Allen
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1.7 million -- men inducted into the U.S. armed forces between 1965 and 1973 through the Selective Service System.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 28) and last quarter (Dec. 6).