Today is the second day of 2013 and the 13th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1492, the Moors were driven out of Spain as Granada fell to the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella.
In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed legislation that required all states to institute a 55-mph highway speed limit or lose federal highway aid.
In 2006, a methane gas explosion in a Sago, W.Va., coal mine trapped 13 miners. Only one survived.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998), composer; Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), writer; Roger Miller (1936-1992), singer/songwriter; Tia Carrere (1967- ), actress; Cuba Gooding Jr. (1968- ), actor; Christy Turlington (1969- ), model; Taye Diggs (1971- ), actor; Dax Shepard (1975- ), actor; Kate Bosworth (1983- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1984, Miami upset heavily favored Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 31-30, as Nebraska failed on a two-point conversion at game's end.
TODAY'S FACT: Castillian Spanish is the official language of Spain, but Catalan, Galician and Basque are all official regional languages.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Literature is my utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised." -- Helen Keller
TODAY'S NUMBER: 466 -- books written by Isaac Asimov, according to his memoir.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Dec. 28) and last quarter moon (Jan. 4).