TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1851, the first American edition of Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" was published.
In 1889, New York World reporter Nellie Bly set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days, inspired by Jules Verne. It took her 72 days.
In 1995, the U.S. federal government temporarily closed national parks and museums as a result of a budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
In 2008, the first G-20 economic summit began in Washington, D.C.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Fulton (1765-1815), inventor; Claude Monet (1840-1926), painter; Aaron Copland (1900-1990), composer; Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957), politician; Ed White (1930-1967), astronaut; Wendy Carlos (1939- ), composer; P.J. O'Rourke (1947- ), journalist/author; Prince Charles (1948- ), Prince of Wales; Condoleezza Rice (1954- ), former secretary of state; Yanni (1954- ), musician; Patrick Warburton (1964- ), actor; Curt Schilling (1966- ), baseball player; Josh Duhamel (1972- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1910, the first airplane takeoff from the deck of a ship occurred near Hampton Roads, Virginia.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, a plane carrying 37 Marshall University football players, as well as the team's coach, doctors, athletic director and 25 team boosters, crashed outside an airport near Huntington, West Virginia, killing all on board.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat." -- P.J. O'Rourke, "Modern Manners"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $84.7 million -- highest amount paid for an original Claude Monet painting. "Nympheas en fleur (Water Lilies in Bloom)" was sold at a Christie's auction in New York on May 8, 2018.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 12) and last quarter moon (Nov. 19).