Today is the 309th day of 2014 and the 45th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested in a Westminster Palace cellar, and the Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James I of England was thwarted.
In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by voting, leading to a $100 fine.
In 1895, George B. Selden patented the first automobile.
In 1940, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated challenger Wendell Willkie to win an unprecedented third presidential term.
In 2007, Chang'e-1, China's first unmanned lunar spacecraft, entered orbit around the moon.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ida Tarbell (1857-1944), journalist; Roy Rogers (1911-1998), actor/singer; Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), actress; Art Garfunkel (1941- ), singer; Sam Shepard (1943- ), playwright/actor; Bill Walton (1952- ), basketball player/commentator; Bryan Adams (1959- ), singer-songwriter; Tilda Swinton (1960- ), actress; Famke Janssen (1965- ), actress; Sam Rockwell (1968- ), actor; Johnny Damon (1973- ), baseball player; Ryan Adams (1974- ), singer-songwriter; Kevin Jonas (1987), musician.
TODAY'S FACT: Saudi Arabia announced in 2011 that women would have the right to vote beginning in 2015.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to become the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight championship.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Come on, that was no foul! It may be a violation of all the basic rules of human decency, but it's not a foul." -- Bill Walton
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- nation-states that still deny women the right to vote in national elections (Saudi Arabia, Vatican City, Brunei and United Arab Emirates).
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Oct. 30) and full moon (Nov. 6).