Today is the 285th day of 2012 and the 20th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1779, Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski died while fighting for American independence in the Revolutionary War.
In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution formed.
In 1975, William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Diane Rodham were married.
In 1975, "Saturday Night Live" debuted on NBC.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), first lady/writer/diplomat; Elmore Leonard (1925- ), novelist; Steve Young (1961- ), football player; Joan Cusack (1962- ), actress; Jane Krakowski (1968- ), actress; Michelle Trachtenberg (1985- ), actress; Michelle Wie (1989- ), golfer.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1890, John Owens ran the first recorded 100-yard dash that broke 10 seconds.
TODAY'S FACT: Hillary Clinton was a member of Wal-Mart's board of directors for more than six years (1985-1992).
TODAY'S QUOTE: "At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom from want -- for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
TODAY'S NUMBER: 10 -- writing rules Elmore Leonard gave in a 2001 New York Times essay, later republished in book form. The first rule: "Never open a book with weather."
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Oct. 8) and new moon (Oct. 15).