Today is the 279th day of 2014 and the 15th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1927, "The Jazz Singer," the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue, premiered in New York City.
In 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on Yom Kippur.
In 1981, Egyptian president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
In 2000, Serbian and Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic, who had been indicted by the United Nations in 1999 for crimes against humanity, resigned.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jenny Lind (1820-1887), opera singer; George Westinghouse (1846-1914), engineer/inventor; Le Corbusier (1887-1965), architect; Helen Wills Moody (1905-1998), tennis player; Carole Lombard (1908-1942), actress; Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), explorer; Leslie Moonves (1949- ), TV executive; Tony Dungy (1955- ), football coach; Elisabeth Shue (1963- ), actress; Ioan Gruffudd (1973- ), actor; Jeremy Sisto (1974- ), actor; Ricky Hatton (1978- ), boxer; Olivia Thirlby (1986- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: George Westinghouse formed more than 60 companies to market his inventions, which were collectively estimated to have been worth $120 million in 1900.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1926, Babe Ruth hit three home runs in Game 4 of the World Series, setting a record that still stands and leading the New York Yankees to a 10-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress." -- Anwar Sadat
TODAY'S NUMBER: 68 -- baseball seasons since the Chicago Cubs' last World Series appearance, in 1945. Superstitious fans attribute the Cubs' postseason drought to "The Curse of the Billy Goat," which originated on this day in 1945, when Cubs fan Billy Sianis and his pet goat were ejected by Wrigley Field staff during Game 4 of the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Oct. 1) and full moon (Oct. 8).