Today is the 354th day of 2012 and the 89th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1777, the Continental Army under George Washington set up winter quarters in Valley Forge, Pa.
In 1932, the BBC World Service first aired, as "Empire Service."
In 1998, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Bill Clinton.
In 2011, North Korea announced that dictator Kim Jong Il had died two days earlier.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982), Soviet leader; Jean Genet (1910-1986), author; Edith Piaf (1915-1963), singer/actress; Cicely Tyson (1933- ), actress; Richard Leakey (1944- ), paleoanthropologist; Robert Urich (1946-2002), actor; Tyson Beckford (1970- ), model; Alyssa Milano (1972- ), actress; Jake Gyllenhaal (1980- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, Brigham Young University's football team, down 20 points with three minutes to play, staged an amazing comeback to defeat Southern Methodist University in the Holiday Bowl, 46-45.
TODAY'S FACT: The first American president to be impeached by the House of Representatives was Andrew Johnson in 1868.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance." -- Jean Genet
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 -- astronauts in the Apollo program who set foot on the moon's surface.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Dec. 13) and first quarter moon (Dec. 20).