Today is the 314th day of 2015 and the 49th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the Continental Congress created the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1969, "Sesame Street" premiered on PBS.
In 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a storm over Lake Superior, killing all 29 on board.
In 1977, a human was conceived through in-vitro fertilization for the first time.
In 2001, China was approved for membership in the World Trade Organization.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Protestant Reformation; William Hogarth (1697-1764), painter/engraver; Claude Rains (1889-1967), actor; Richard Burton (1925-1984), actor; Ennio Morricone (1928- ), composer; Tim Rice (1944- ), lyricist; Les Miles (1953- ), football coach; Sinbad (1956- ), actor/comedian; Neil Gaiman (1960- ), author; Tracy Morgan (1968- ), actor/comedian; Ellen Pompeo (1969- ), actress; Walton Goggins (1971- ), actor; Brittany Murphy (1977-2009), actress; Miranda Lambert (1983- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: In 2014, the U.S.-China trade deficit was $343.1 billion, an increase of 13 percent over the 2013 deficit of $318.7 billion.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, the NBA's Phoenix Suns scored a record 107 first-half points in their 173-143 win over the Denver Nuggets.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor." -- Neil Gaiman, "The Sandman"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- consecutive weeks Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 hit "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" spent on the pop charts, reaching No. 2 at its highest point.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 3) and new moon (Nov. 11).