Today is the 320th day of 2014 and the 56th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1801, the first New York Post newspaper was published.
In 1841, the first underwater tunnel was completed beneath the Thames River in London.
In 1907, Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th U.S. state.
In 1914, the Federal Reserve System of the United States officially opened.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon signed legislation authorizing the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: W.C. Handy (1873-1958), composer; George Kaufman (1889-1961), playwright; Burgess Meredith (1907-1997), actor; Jose Saramago (1922-2010), author; Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), author; Marg Helgenberger (1958- ), actress; Dwight Gooden (1964- ), baseball player; Lisa Bonet (1967- ), actress; Oksana Baiul (1977- ), figure skater; Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977- ), actress; Amar'e Stoudemire (1982- ), basketball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The $5 bill is the U.S. currency with the shortest lifespan, lasting an average of 16 months in circulation.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1957, the longest winning streak in college football history ended at 47 games, when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the Oklahoma Sooners.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool." -- Chinua Achebe
TODAY'S NUMBER: 800 -- length (in miles) of the trans-Alaska pipeline system.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 14) and new moon (Nov. 22).