Today is Wednesday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2015 with 57 to follow.
The moon is waxing. 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 humorist Will Rogers in 1879; journalist Walter Cronkite in 1916; actors Gig Young in 1913, Art Carney in 1918, Martin Balsam in 1919, Doris Roberts in 1925 (age 90) and Loretta Swit in 1937 (age 78); former U.S. first lady Laura Bush in 1946 (age 69); controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1946; novelist Charles Frazier in 1950 (age 65); actors Markie Post in 1950 (age 65), Ralph Macchio in 1962 (age 53) and Matthew McConaughey and singer/actor/songwriter Sean "Puffy" Combs, both in 1969 (age 46); and television personality Jeff Probst in 1962 (age 53).
On this date in history:
In 1879, James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio patented the first cash register, known as "Ritty's Incorruptible Cashier."
In 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen, ancient Egypt's child-king.
In 1924, Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming is elected the first female governor in the United States.
In 1952, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, ending 20 years of Democratic administrations.
In 1956, Soviet forces entered Budapest to crush an anti-communist revolt in Hungary.
In 1979, Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking about 90 people hostage, 63 of them Americans.
In 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th president of the United States in a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter.
In 1991, Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, returned home, ending more than five years of exile in the United States.
In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73, was assassinated by a Jewish extremist following a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
In 2002, Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston apologized for assigning priests who may have been sexually abusive to parishes where they continued to have access to children.
In 2003, the elevation of a gay Episcopal priest to bishop prompted worldwide opposition, a Kenyan cleric said, "The devil has clearly entered our church."
In 2006, Katharine Jefferts Schori was installed as the first female presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church.
In 2008, Barack Obama, a Democratic U.S. senator from Illinois, was the first African-American elected president of the United States, taking 338 electoral votes to 161 for Republican John McCain.
In 2010, Republicans gained 63 seats and seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Democrats but lost a bid to win the Senate majority.
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an attempt to revive an Oklahoma law restricting abortion-inducing drugs. The law had been struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled it put an unconstitutional burden on women seeking an abortion.
A thought for the day: "Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open." — Laura Bush