Today is the 325th day of 2014 and the 61st day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1783, Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis Francois Laurent d'Arlandes made the first untethered manned hot air balloon flight.
In 1789, North Carolina was admitted as the 12th U.S. state.
In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.
In 1922, Rebecca Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first female U.S. senator.
In 1995, leaders representing warring factions in the former Yugoslavia initialed a peace agreement in Dayton, Ohio.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Voltaire (1694-1778), philosopher; Stan Musial (1920-2013), baseball player; Earl Monroe (1944- ), basketball player; Harold Ramis (1944-2014), actor/director; Goldie Hawn (1945- ), actress; Tina Brown (1953- ), editor; Bjork (1965- ), singer/actress; Troy Aikman (1966- ), football player/sportscaster; Ken Griffey Jr. (1969- ), baseball player; Michael Strahan (1971- ), football player/TV personality; Carly Rae Jepsen (1985- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: Aviation pioneer Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier, who participated in the first successful manned balloon flight, was also one of the first known air crash fatalities. He and his companion, Pierre Romain, died when their balloon crashed while attempting to cross the English Channel on June 15, 1785.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1942, the National Hockey League discontinued overtime in regular-season games because of wartime restrictions on train schedules. It was restored in 1983.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." -- Voltaire
TODAY'S NUMBER: 24 -- All-Star Games in which baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial appeared. Musial, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are tied for the all-time record.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 14) and new moon (Nov. 22).