Today is the sixth day of 2013 and the 17th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1838, Samuel F.B. Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
In 1912, New Mexico was admitted to the United States as the 47th state.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the "Four Freedoms" in a speech to Congress.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Joan of Arc (1412-1431), French saint; Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), poet; Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), poet/novelist; Danny Thomas (1912-1991), actor/comedian; Loretta Young (1913-2000), actress; Rowan Atkinson (1955- ), actor/comedian; Howie Long (1960- ), football player/broadcaster; John Singleton (1968- ), filmmaker; Asante Samuel (1981- ), football player.
TODAY's SPORTS: In 1994, U.S. champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee on the orders of skating rival Tonya Harding.
TODAY'S FACT: Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" outlined his principal goals for the world: freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from want and fear.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work." -- Carl Sandburg
TODAY'S NUMBER: $30,000 -- amount Congress appropriated in 1843 for Samuel F.B. Morse to construct the first experimental telegraph line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 4) and new moon (Jan. 11).