Today is the 284th day of 2014 and the 20th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1779, Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski died while fighting for American independence in the Revolutionary War.
In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution formed.
In 1975, William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Diane Rodham were married.
In 1975, "Saturday Night Live" debuted on NBC.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), first lady/writer/diplomat; Elmore Leonard (1925-2013), novelist; Daryl Hall (1946- ), singer-songwriter; David Morse (1953- ), actor; Steve Young (1961- ), football player; Joan Cusack (1962- ), actress; Artie Lange (1967- ), comedian; Jane Krakowski (1968- ), actress; Emily Deschanel (1976- ), actress; Matthew Bomer (1977- ), actor; Terrell Suggs (1982- ), football player; Michelle Trachtenberg (1985- ), actress; Michelle Wie (1989- ), golfer.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president (he was a former president at the time) to fly in an airplane, at Kinloch Field in St. Louis. He rode as a passenger for a four-minute flight in a plane built by the Wright Brothers.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1890, John Owens ran the first recorded 100-yard dash that broke 10 seconds.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, "This Is My Story"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 16 -- "Saturday Night Live" guest host appearances by actor Alec Baldwin, the most ever. Dave Grohl has the most appearances by a musical guest on the show, with 11 appearances as a member of Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and other musical acts.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Oct. 8) and last quarter moon (Oct. 15).