Today is Thursday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2011 with 58 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Venus. Evening stars are Saturn and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini in 1500; early Texas leader Stephen Austin, for whom the state capital is named, in 1793; poet William Cullen Bryant in 1794; Chicago Bears legend Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski in 1908; baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Feller in 1918; actors Charles Bronson in 1921 and Jeremy Brett in 1933; conductor/composer John Barry, entertainer Ken Berry and former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, all in 1933 (age 78); country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther in 1945 (age 66); British pop singer Lulu in 1948 (age 63); comedian Roseanne Barr in 1952 (age 59); comedian Dennis Miller and actor Kate Capshaw and Kathy Kinney, all in 1953 (age 58); actor Dolph Lundgren in 1957 (age 54); and model and actor Gemma Ward in 1987 (age 24).
On this date in history:
In 1783, with American independence established, Congress ordered the Continental Army demobilized.
In 1803, with the support of the U.S. government, Panama issued a declaration of independence from Colombia.
In 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time, with Walt Disney doing the voice of his soon-to-be-famous creation, in "Steamboat Willie," the first fully synchronized sound cartoon produced.
In 1948, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed the famously premature (and incorrect) headline, "Dewey defeats Truman."
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first animal into space -- a dog named Laika -- aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson was elected U.S. president with a margin larger than in any previous election, defeating Republican Barry Goldwater.
In 1976, former Democratic Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia was elected the 39th U.S. president, defeating Republican incumbent Gerald Ford.
In 1979, five members of the Communist Workers Party, participating in a "Death to the Klan" rally in Greensboro, N.C., were shot to death by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Seven others were wounded.
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton, the governor of Arkansas, defeated incumbent U.S. Republican President George H.W. Bush for the U.S. presidency.
In 1995, Typhoon Angela killed more than 700 people in the northern Philippines.
In 2001, Osama bin Laden, in a taped message, called the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan a war against Islam.
Also in 2001, anthrax spores were confirmed in India and Pakistan and on additional postal equipment in the United States.
In 2004, Hamid Karzai was officially declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election.
In 2006, Katharine Jefferts Schori was installed as the first female presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church.
In 2007, citing a rising Islamic insurgency, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency, suspended the country's constitution and fired members of the Supreme Court. Former premier and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was held under house arrest to keep her from a planned protest march.
In 2008, Afghan officials said a U.S. airstrike hit a wedding party in the southern province of Kandahar, killing a reported 40 civilians and wounding 30 others.
In 2009, the Republican Party, after a clobbering in 2008 at all levels, won the off-year governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia, the latter featuring a GOP sweep of statewide offices.
Also in 2009, Maine voters overturned a law allowing same-sex marriage, the 31st state to block the procedure through a public referendum.
In 2010, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it would buy $600 billion of the United States' huge national debt with treasury bonds.
A thought for the day: in his second inaugural address, U.S. President Bill Clinton said: "Government is not the problem and government is not the solution. We, the American people, we are the solution."