Today is the 338th day of 2012 and the 73rd day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st U.S. state.
In 1984, a leak at a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India, killed more than 3,000 people within hours.
In 1999, NASA lost contact with the Mars Polar Lander, just as it was scheduled to land on the planet's surface.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), novelist; Andy Williams (1927-2012), singer; Ozzy Osbourne (1948- ), musician; Julianne Moore (1960- ), actress; Andrew Stanton (1965- ), writer/animator; Brendan Fraser (1968- ), actor; Sean Parker (1979- ), entrepreneur; Amanda Seyfried (1985- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1950, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 13-7 in a game that still stands as the last time a professional football team won without completing a single pass.
TODAY'S FACT: The successful 2007-2008 Mars Phoenix mission was so named because it "rose from the ashes" of two unsuccessful earlier missions to Mars: the lost 1999 Mars Polar Lander and the canceled 2001 Mars Surveyor Lander.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense." -- Joseph Conrad
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- Illinois governors since the 1920s who have been charged with crimes that took place during or after their time in office, including George H. Ryan (1999-2003) and Rod Blagojevich (2003-2009).
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 28) and last quarter moon (Dec. 6).