Today is the 304th day of 2012 and the 39th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1890, Oakland, Calif., became one of the first jurisdictions in the country to enact an anti-drug law, which banned opium, morphine and cocaine unless prescribed by a doctor.
In 1938, Orson Welles' radio production of "War of the Worlds" created panic in listeners who believed they were actually listening to reports of Martian invasion.
In 1991, President George Bush opened the Madrid Conference, the first direct, official peace talks to include Israel and all its Arab neighbors.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Adams (1735-1826), second U.S. president; William Halsey (1882-1959), U.S. admiral/fleet commander; Ezra Pound (1885-1972), poet/critic; Charles Atlas (1893-1972), bodybuilder; Grace Slick (1939- ), singer; Henry Winkler (1945- ), actor; Harry Hamlin (1951- ), actor; Nia Long (1970- ), actress; Matthew Morrison (1978- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1974, Muhammad Ali regained the world heavyweight title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round of the "Rumble in the Jungle."
TODAY'S FACT: Cocaine was not nationally regulated in the United States until 1914, when the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act was passed.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them." -- Ezra Pound
TODAY'S NUMBER: 24.7 -- amount (in pounds) of candy that Americans consumed per capita in 2010.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Oct. 29) and last quarter (Nov. 6).