Today is the 341st day of 2012 and the 76th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
In 1790, the U.S. Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
In 1957, two months after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the United States attempted to launch its first satellite, but the Vanguard rocket exploded on the launch pad.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), poet; Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), lyricist; Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995), photojournalist; Baby Face Nelson (1908-1934), criminal; Dave Brubeck (1920- ), jazz pianist; Craig Newmark (1952- ), founder of craigslist.com; Tom Hulce (1953- ), actor; Steven Wright (1955- ), comedian; Andrew Cuomo (1957- ), New York governor; Judd Apatow (1967- ), filmmaker.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2003, after a loss to Navy, Army became the first Division I college football team in history to finish the season 0-13.
TODAY'S FACT: Even before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti was one of the least developed and least stable countries in the Western Hemisphere. The United Nations' Human Development Index ranked Haiti 145th (out of 169 nations) in 2010.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
TODAY'S NUMBER: 898 -- steps to the top of the Washington Monument when it was dedicated. Since a wheelchair ramp was added, there are 896.
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (Dec. 6).