Today is the 344th day of 2014 and the 80th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th U.S. state.
In 1869, women in Wyoming Territory were granted the right to vote.
In 1898, the Spanish-American War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
In 1901, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Cesar Franck (1822-1890), composer; Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), poet; Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), librarian; Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996), actress; Susan Dey (1952- ), actress; Michael Clarke Duncan (1957-2012), actor; Kenneth Branagh (1960- ), actor/director; Bobby Flay (1964- ), celebrity chef; Greg Giraldo (1965-2010), comedian; Meg White (1974- ), drummer; Raven-Symone (1985- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Rodeo has been the official Wyoming state sport since 2003.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1935, Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago won the first Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, which was renamed the Heisman Trophy in 1936.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine." -- Emily Dickinson
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- American presidents who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Dec. 6) and last quarter moon (Dec. 14).