Today is the 12th day of 2013 and the 23rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1932, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman elected to the Senate.
In 1991, a divided Congress authorized President George H.W. Bush to use force in expelling Iraq from Kuwait.
In 2010, an earthquake in Haiti devastated the impoverished country.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jack London (1876-1916), writer; Joe Frazier (1944-2011), boxer; Kirstie Alley (1951- ), actress; Rush Limbaugh (1951- ), radio personality; Howard Stern (1954- ), radio personality; Christiane Amanpour (1958- ), TV journalist; Jeff Bezos (1964- ), Amazon.com founder; Naya Rivera (1987- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold in auction to Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn comics, for $3 million. At the time, it was the most ever paid for a sports artifact.
TODAY'S FACT: Amazon.com opened for business online in 1995, but it didn't make a profit until 2002.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none." -- Edmund Burke
TODAY'S NUMBER: 20 -- women in the U.S. Senate at the start of the 113th Congress in 2013.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 11) and first quarter moon (Jan. 18).