ANDREWS MCMEEL ALMANAC
Today is the 314th day of 2018 and the 50th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the Continental Congress created the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1954, the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1969, "Sesame Street" premiered on PBS.
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; 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; Taron Egerton (1989- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: In 2017, the U.S.-China trade deficit was $375 billion, up 8 percent from the 2016 deficit of $347 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, just three days after the Nuggets had set the record with 90 first-half points against the San Antonio Spurs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly." -- Neil Gaiman, "Fables and Reflections"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 -- China's rank in the World Trade Organization's 2017 list of the leading exporters in world merchandise trade, with a 12.8 percent share. The United States was No. 2, with 8.7 percent.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 7) and first quarter moon (Nov. 15).