Today is the 322nd day of 2016 and the 57th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1800, the United States Congress met for the first time in Washington, D.C., in the unfinished Capitol building.
In 1869, the Suez Canal was officially opened.
In 1871, the National Rifle Association was granted a charter by the state of New York.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Shelby Foote (1916-2005), author/historian; Rock Hudson (1925-1985), actor; Martin Scorsese (1942- ), film director; Lauren Hutton (1943- ), actress; Jim Boeheim (1944- ), basketball coach; Danny DeVito (1944- ), actor; Lorne Michaels (1944- ), producer; John Boehner (1949- ), politician; Stephen Root (1951- ), actor; Jeff Buckley (1966-1997), singer-songwriter; Rachel McAdams (1978- ), actress; Ryan Braun (1983- ), baseball player; Christopher Paolini (1983- ), writer.
TODAY'S FACT: Congress passed the Height of Buildings Act in 1899, stating that no building in Washington, D.C., could be built taller than the Capitol. It was amended in 1910, allowing buildings to be as tall as the width of the adjacent street plus 20 feet.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1968, with about a minute on the clock and the New York Jets leading the Oakland Raiders, 32-29, NBC switched to a scheduled broadcast of "Heidi." Oakland then scored two touchdowns in nine seconds, winning 43-32, as thousands of deprived fans overloaded NBC's switchboard.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Before the war, it was said 'the United States are' -- grammatically it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. And after the war it was always 'the United States is,' as we say today without being self-conscious at all. And that sums up what the war accomplished. It made us an 'is.'" -- Shelby Foote
TODAY'S NUMBER: 59,000 -- average number of airline passengers traveling through Washington Dulles International Airport per day.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 14) and last quarter moon (Nov. 21).