Today is the 298th day of 2014 and the 34th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1415, King Henry V led his English forces to victory at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France.
In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit the People's Republic of China as the country's "official" government, expelling Taiwan.
In 1983, U.S. troops invaded Grenada to secure the safety of American medical students on the island and to overthrow a Marxist regime.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Georges Bizet (1838-1875), composer; Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), artist; Charles Coughlin (1891-1979), radio host/priest; Minnie Pearl (1912-1996), comedian; Bobby Thomson (1923-2010), baseball player; Marion Ross (1928- ), actress; Bob Knight (1940- ), basketball coach; Helen Reddy (1941- ), singer-songwriter; Anne Tyler (1941- ), author; James Carville (1944- ), political consultant/commentator; Midori (1971- ), violinist; Pedro Martinez (1971- ), baseball player; Zadie Smith (1975- ), author; Katy Perry (1984- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: Pablo Picasso's birth name was Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. He was named after a variety of relatives and saints.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1986, the New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series after a routine ground ball rolled between the legs of Boston first-baseman Bill Buckner, allowing the winning run and capping the Mets' 10th-inning, come-from-behind victory. The Mets won Game 7 the following night to earn the championship.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not just how much you love someone. Maybe what matters is who you are when you're with them." -- Anne Tyler, "The Accidental Tourist"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 11 -- age at which violinist Midori made her concert debut with the New York Philharmonic.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Oct. 23) and first quarter moon (Oct. 30).