Today is the 345th day of 2016 and the 80th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th U.S. state.
In 1869, Wyoming became the first U.S. state or territory to grant women the right to vote.
In 1884, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published.
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 1967, 26-year-old singer-songwriter Otis Redding died in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin.
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: President Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on this day in 1906.
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: " If I can stop one heart from breaking, / I shall not live in vain; / If I can ease one life the aching, / Or cool one pain, / Or help one fainting robin /
Unto his nest again, / I shall not live in vain." -- Emily Dickinson, "Life"
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 first quarter moon (Dec. 7) and full moon (Dec. 13).