Today is the 346th day of 2014 and the 82nd day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1901, the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission was received by inventor Guglielmo Marconi in Newfoundland.
In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, effectively resolving the 2000 presidential election.
In 2012, North Korea successfully launched Kwangmyongsong-3 Unit 2, its first satellite.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Jay (1745-1829), first chief justice of the United States; William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), journalist/abolitionist; Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), novelist; Edvard Munch (1863-1944), artist; Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973), actor; Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), singer; Bob Barker (1923- ), TV personality; Dionne Warwick (1940- ), singer; Bill Nighy (1949- ), actor; Mike Golic (1962- ), football player/radio host; Royce Gracie (1966- ), mixed martial artist; Jennifer Connelly (1970- ), actress; Mayim Bialik (1975- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: With the launch of Kwangmyongsong-3 Unit 2, North Korea became the 10th nation currently capable of putting satellites in orbit using its own launch vehicles. The others are the United States, Japan, China, the intergovernmental European Space Agency, India, Israel, Ukraine, Russia and Iran.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1965, rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears scored an NFL record-tying six touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving and one punt return) in a 61-20 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars." -- Gustave Flaubert, "Madame Bovary"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 537 -- popular votes by which George W. Bush officially won the state of Florida's electoral votes in 2000.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Dec. 6) and last quarter moon (Dec. 14).