Today is Friday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2016 with 57 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning star is Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
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 and Loretta Swit in 1937 (age 79); former U.S. first lady Laura Bush in 1946 (age 70); controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1946; novelist Charles Frazier in 1950 (age 66); actors Markie Post in 1950 (age 66), Ralph Macchio in 1962 (age 54) and Matthew McConaughey and singer/actor/songwriter Sean "Puffy" Combs, both in 1969 (age 47); and television personality Jeff Probst in 1962 (age 54).
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 Tayloe 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 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 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