Today is the 347th day of 2012 and the 82nd day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1901, the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission was received by inventor Guglielmo Marconi in Newfoundland.
In 1963, Kenya gained its independence from Great Britain.
In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, effectively resolving the 2000 presidential election.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Jay (1745-1829), first chief justice of the United States; William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), journalist/abolitionist; Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), novelist; Edvard Munch (1863-1944), artist; Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973), actor; Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), singer; Bob Barker (1923- ), TV personality; Dionne Warwick (1940- ), singer; Jennifer Connelly (1970- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1930, Major League Baseball's rules committee issued a revised code. Among many changes, balls that bounce into the stands were ruled automatic doubles, rather than home runs.
TODAY'S FACT: Frank Sinatra once wrote that rock 'n' roll music was "the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear."
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost." -- Gustave Flaubert
TODAY'S NUMBER: 537 -- popular votes by which George W. Bush officially won the state of Florida's electoral votes in 2000.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Dec. 6) and new moon (Dec. 13).