Today is Thursday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2014 with 62 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include John Adams, second president of the United States, in 1735; Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1821; French Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley in 1839; French poet Paul Valery in 1871; U.S. Navy Adm. William Halsey, Jr. in 1882; poet Ezra Pound in 1885; strongman Charles Atlas in 1892; actor Ruth Gordon in 1896; baseball Hall of Fame member Bill Terry in 1898; French film director Louis Malle in 1932; journalist Robert Caro in 1935 (age 79); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Grace Slick in 1939 (age 75); actor/director Henry Winkler in 1945 (age 69); news correspondent Andrea Mitchell in 1946 (age 68); rock musicians Chris Slade in 1946 (age 68) and Timothy B. Schmit in 1947 (age 67); and actors Harry Hamlin in 1951 (age 63), Kevin Pollak in 1957 (age 57) and Nia Long in 1970 (age 44).
On this date in history:
In 1817, Simon Bolivar established the independent government of Venezuela.
In 1922, Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
In 1941, more than a month before the United States entered World War II, a U.S. destroyer, the USS Reuben James, was sunk by a German submarine.
In 1975, with dictator Francisco Franco near death, Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain. (Franco died three weeks later.)
In 1983, the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced plans to become the first African-American to mount a full-scale campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in the United States.
In 1995, by a narrow margin, Quebec voters decided to remain a part of Canada.
In 2005, Indian authorities sent army divers to look for people trapped in a derailed train near Veligonda during massive flooding. Officials said 112 died in the train wreck and another 100 in floods.
In 2008, the U.S. gross domestic product dropped 0.3 percent, government officials said. It was the first decrease in the GDP in 17 years.
In 2010, security screening of cargo and air passengers in the United States, Britain and Canada was stepped up after bombs were found in packages from Yemen to two Chicago synagogues.
2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, commenting on the assault of massive storm Sandy, said, "The devastation is unthinkable." The Republican governor praised President Barack Obama's response to the emergency: "The president has been all over this." Obama, visiting Red Cross headquarters in Washington, said, "New Jersey, New York, in particular, have been pounded ... Connecticut has taken a big hit." The storm, originally Hurricane Sandy, then reclassified as a post-tropical cyclone, had made landfall in New Jersey the previous evening.
In 2013, the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 at Fenway Park in Boston to win the World Series, four games to two.
A thought for the day: "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too." -- Roy Campanella