Today is the 339th day of 2012 and the 74th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1783, George Washington bid farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City.
In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt terminated the Works Progress Administration.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops to Somalia.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), essayist/historian; Samuel Butler (1835-1902), novelist; Lillian Russell (1861-1922), actress; Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), poet; Francisco Franco (1892-1975), Spanish dictator; Jeff Bridges (1949- ), actor; Marisa Tomei (1964- ), actress; Jay-Z (1969- ), rapper/entrepreneur; Tyra Banks (1973- ) model/TV personality.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, Golden State Warriors basketball player Latrell Sprewell was suspended by the NBA for one year after choking the team's coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during a practice on Dec. 1, 1997.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States still does not have an embassy in Somalia.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore." -- Samuel Butler
TODYA'S NUMBER: 6,600 -- writers, including Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Studs Terkel and Richard Wright, who received financial support from the Federal Writers Project, a part of the Works Progress Administration.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 28) and last quarter moon (Dec. 6).