Today is the 10th day of 2013 and the 21st day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, Thomas Paine published his pro-independence pamphlet "Common Sense," which quickly sold some 100,000 copies.
In 1863, the London Underground subway began operations.
In 1901, Texas had its first significant oil strike at Beaumont.
In 2003, North Korea withdrew from the multination treaty barring it from developing a nuclear weapons program.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ray Bolger (1904-1987), actor/dancer; Paul Henreid (1908-1992), actor; Sal Mineo (1939-1976), actor; Rod Stewart (1945- ), singer; George Foreman (1949- ), boxer; Roy Blunt (1950- ), U.S. senator; Pat Benatar (1953- ), singer; Jemaine Clement (1974- ), actor/comedian.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1982, Dwight Clark caught a Joe Montana pass for a touchdown with 51 seconds to spare, securing a San Francisco 49ers victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game.
TODAY'S FACT: The 27 oil refineries located in the state of Texas can process more than 4.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, accounting for more than a quarter of the total U.S. refining capacity.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Boxing is sort of like jazz. The better it is, the less amount of people can appreciate it." -- George Foreman
TODAY'S NUMBER: 8.2 million -- estimated population of London, England, in 2011.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 4) and new moon (Jan. 11).