Today is Sunday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2017. There are 63 days left in the year.

On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore in New Jersey, devastating coastal communities and causing widespread power outages; the storm and its aftermath were blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S.

In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English adventurer and poet and namesake of North Carolina's capital city, was executed in London for treason. (New Bern was North Carolina's capital during the Revolutionary War, but a British attack forced the fledgling government to move. In 1788, the General Assembly chose a site close to Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a popular establishment near Hillsboro. In 1792, a city was formed and named for Raleigh, who had sponsored the English settlement on Roanoke Island in 1585. We know it as The Lost Colony.)

In 1787, the opera "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had its world premiere in Prague.

In 1901, Leon Czolgosz (CHAWL-gahsh), 28, an American steelworker-turned-anarchist, was executed in the electric chair seven weeks after assassinating President William McKinley,

In 1929, Wall Street crashed on "Black Tuesday," heralding the start of America's Great Depression.

In 1956, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast.

In 1967, the counterculture rock musical "Hair" officially opened off-Broadway at Joseph Papp's Public Theater.

Birthdays: Bluegrass musician Sonny Osborne is 80. Singer Melba Moore is 72. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 70. Actress Kate Jackson (“Charlie’s Angels”) is 69. Singer Randy Jackson is 56. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52. Winona Ryder is 46.

Thought for Today: "What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things." -- Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978).