Today is the 352nd day of 2012 and the 87th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1903, Orville Wright made the first controlled, sustained flight in a power-driven airplane.
In 1989, the first episode of "The Simpsons" aired.
In 1992, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed by the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In 2010, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of government mistreatment in Tunisia, becoming a catalyst for Arab Spring protests in the region.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), poet; Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), novelist; William Safire (1929-2009), columnist; Eugene Levy (1946- ), actor/comedian; Bill Pullman (1953- ), actor; Peter Farrelly (1956- ), director; Paula Radcliffe (1973- ), long-distance runner; Sarah Paulson (1974- ), actress; Manny Pacquiao (1978- ), boxer; Chase Utley (1978- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1933, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 to win the first NFL Championship game.
TODAY'S FACT: An attempt to recreate the Wright brothers' inaugural flight on North Carolina's Outer Banks failed to take off in 2003, on the first flight's 100-year anniversary.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I think we all have a need to know what we do not need to know." -- William Safire
TODAY'S NUMBER: 27 -- Emmy Awards won by "The Simpsons" as of 2012.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Dec. 13) and first quarter moon (Dec. 20).