Today is the 285th day of 2014 and the 21st day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus' expedition made landfall in the Bahamas.
In 1945, the Allied Control Council in Germany decreed that the Nazi political party be dissolved.
In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev interrupted a session of the U.N. General Assembly by banging his shoe on a table.
In 2000, a suicide bomb attack on the USS Cole in Yemen killed 17 sailors and wounded 39.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Dick Gregory (1932- ), comedian/author; Tony Kubek (1935- ), broadcaster/baseball player; Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007), opera singer; Chris Wallace (1947- ), TV journalist; Hugh Jackman (1968- ), actor; Kirk Cameron (1970- ), actor; Marion Jones (1975- ), track and field athlete; Bode Miller (1977- ), Olympic skier; Josh Hutcherson (1992- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The United Nations Population Fund estimated that the world's population reached 7 billion at the end of October 2011, but according to U.S. Census Bureau demographers, that number was not reached until four months later.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1982, Paul Molitor had five hits in Game 1 of the World Series, helping the Milwaukee Brewers win 10-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they'd have to bring out the tanks to control you." -- Dick Gregory
TODAY'S NUMBER: 42 -- the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything, according to Douglas Adams' comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," published on this day in 1979.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Oct. 8) and last quarter moon (Oct. 15).