Today is the 282nd day of 2014 and the 18th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1635, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony as a religious dissident.
In 1888, the Washington Monument opened to the general public.
In 1967, guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed for attempting to lead revolutionaries in Bolivia.
In 1986, the musical "The Phantom of the Opera" opened in London's West End.
In 2006, North Korea claimed it had performed its first nuclear test.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alastair Sim (1900-1976), actor; John Lennon (1940-1980), singer-songwriter; Jackson Browne (1948- ), singer-songwriter; Tony Shalhoub (1953- ), actor; Scott Bakula (1954- ), actor; Mike Singletary (1958- ), football player; Guillermo del Toro (1964- ), director; David Cameron (1966- ), British prime minister; Annika Sorenstam (1970- ), golfer; Brandon Routh (1979- ), actor; Scotty McCreery (1993- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is the longest-running show in the history of Broadway, with 11,087 performances as of mid-September 2014.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1915, Woodrow Wilson became the first sitting president to attend a World Series game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles." -- John Lennon
TODAY'S NUMBER: 36,491 -- marble bricks used to build the Washington Monument.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Oct. 8) and last quarter moon (Oct. 15).