Legend has it that on Oct. 31, 2,500 years ago, a runner named Pheidippides raced about 25 miles from the battle site of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the invading Persian horde. Greek tradition says Pheidippides ran the route, the basis for the modern marathon, delivered the good news to the Athenians, and then died from exhaustion.
China will begin officially counting its immense population on Nov. 1 for only the sixth time. Unlike previous times, China's census this year will include the people of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
In its 30th year in service to the United States, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will blast off for its penultimate shuttle mission on Nov. 1. NASA will launch the Endeavour from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to service the International Space Station. Endeavour will make its last flight in late February 2011.
Bush memoir debuts
Former President George W. Bush's memoir, Decision Points, will hit bookstore shelves Nov. 9. To promote the book, Bush will begin a publicity blitz featuring a national tour and a one-on-one interview to be aired on NBC.
Monopoly turns 75
First launched in 1935 at the height of the Great Depression, Parker Brothers' flagship board game on Nov. 5 will celebrate its 75th anniversary at a time when the U.S. economy is facing similar challenges. And because of the stagnant U.S. economy, Parker Brothers will be focusing much of its effort in Canada, launching a contest to name 20 game tiles after Canadian cities to create something of a Maple Leaf edition.
By the end of the night on Nov. 2, President Barack Obama should know whether he'll have to contend with a Republican House for the next two years, a GOP Senate, or both. Fueled by a Tea Party--stoked anti-incumbent mood, Republicans appear poised to win back the House, needing to turn just 39 blue districts red. The math is harder for Republicans in the Senate, where the GOP needs to win 10 of 14 Senate seats held by Democrats in races considered "in-play."