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11/4/2017 11:09:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 309th day of 2017 and the 45th day of autumn. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested in a Westminster Palace cellar, and the Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James I of England and Ireland was thwarted. 

In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by voting, leading to a $100 fine. 

In 1895, George B. Selden patented the first automobile. 

In 1940, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated challenger Wendell Willkie to win an unprecedented third presidential term. 

In 2009, a U.S. Army major fatally shot 13 people and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood in Texas. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ida Tarbell (1857-1944), journalist; Roy Rogers (1911-1998), actor/singer; Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), actress; Art Garfunkel (1941- ), singer; Sam Shepard (1943-2017), playwright/actor; Bill Walton (1952- ), basketball player/commentator; Bryan Adams (1959- ), singer-songwriter; Tilda Swinton (1960- ), actress; Famke Janssen (1965- ), actress; Sam Rockwell (1968- ), actor; Ryan Adams (1974- ), singer-songwriter; Bubba Watson (1978- ), golfer; Kevin Jonas (1987- ), musician. 

TODAY'S FACT: In August of 2015, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to register to vote and to run for political office for the first time in the nation's history. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocked out 26-year-old Michael Moorer to become the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight championship. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That's genius." -- Sam Shepard 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 -- nation-states that still deny women the right to vote in national elections (Vatican City, Brunei and United Arab Emirates). 

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 3) and last quarter moon (Nov. 10).

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