Today is the 350th day of 2012 and the 85th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1791, the Bill of Rights took effect after ratification by Virginia.
In 1939, the film "Gone With the Wind" premiered in Atlanta.
In 1961, Adolf Eichmann, considered the architect of the Nazis' "final solution," was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death by an Israeli court.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced his intention to grant diplomatic recognition to Communist China, severing ties with Taiwan, on Jan. 1, 1979.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), engineer/architect; Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959), playwright; J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), oil tycoon/philanthropist; Tim Conway (1933- ), actor/comedian; Dave Clark (1942- ), musician; Don Johnson (1949- ), actor; Julie Taymor (1952- ), director; Adam Brody (1979- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1982, Bill Parcells became the coach of the NFL's New York Giants.
TODAY'S FACT: "Gone With the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell died in 1949 at age 48 from injuries sustained when she was struck by a drunken driver on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights." -- J. Paul Getty
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11 -- points on the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. The number holds no particular symbolism or significance.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Dec. 13) and first quarter moon (Dec. 20).