Today is Thursday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2014 with 55 to follow.
The moon is full. Morning stars are Jupiter and Mercury. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Belgian instrument-maker Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, in 1814; Charles Henry Dow, co-founder of Dow Jones and Co. and first editor of The Wall Street Journal, in 1851; band leader and composer John Philip Sousa ("The March King") in 1854; James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, in 1861; baseball Hall of Fame member Walter Johnson in 1887; journalist and New Yorker magazine co-founder Harold Ross in 1892; musician Ray Conniff in 1916; director Mike Nichols in 1931 (age 83); actor Sally Field in 1946 (age 68); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Glenn Frey (Eagles) in 1948 (age 66); TV journalist and former California first lady Maria Shriver in 1955 (age 59); actors Lori Singer in 1957 (age 57), Lance Kerwin in 1960 (age 54), Ethan Hawke in 1970 (age 44), Rebecca Romijn in 1972 (age 42) and Emma Stone in 1988 (age 26); and Pat Tillman, pro football player turned soldier, in 1976.
On this date in history:
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th president of the United States.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
In 1869, in the first formal intercollegiate football game, Rutgers beat Princeton, 6-4.
In 1917, the Bolshevik revolution began in Russia. Because it took place under the old czarist calendar, it is known as the October Revolution.
In 1921, the cult of Rudolph Valentino was launched with the release of his silent film "The Sheik," which despite negative reviews immediately caught the attention of women across the United States.
In 1928, Herbert Hoover was elected U.S. president.
In 1952, the United States exploded the world's first hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1956, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was re-elected by a wide margin.
In 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan was elected to a second term, winning 49 states.
In 1986, U.S. intelligence sources confirmed a report that the United States secretly sold arms to Iran to secure the release of seven U.S. hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
In 1995, world leaders gathered in Jerusalem for the funeral of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in 26 years.
In 2011, controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned in the midst of an acute debt crisis.
In 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win a second term. Federal finance reports showed campaign expenditures broke the $2 billion mark, making the election the most expensive in U.S. history. In 2013, Avigdor Lieberman, who had resigned as Israel's foreign minister because of an investigation of alleged corruption, was acquitted and said: "This chapter is behind me. I am now focusing on the challenges ahead." (Lieberman became foreign minister again five days later.)
A thought for the day: "So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall." -- Roald Dahl