Today is the 16th day of 2013 and the 27th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1920, the League of Nations held its first meeting.
In 1979, the Shah of Iran fled his homeland in the wake of a revolution.
In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state of an African nation when she was sworn in as president of Liberia.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ethel Merman (1909-1984), actress/singer; Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), baseball player; Susan Sontag (1933-2004), author/critic; Ronnie Milsap (1943- ), singer; Ruth Reichl (1948- ), food writer/editor; Kate Moss (1974- ), model; Albert Pujols (1980- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract for an annual salary of $75,000, making him the highest-paid player in the American League.
TODAY'S FACT: The busiest U.S. airport is Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, which 92.5 million passengers traveled through in 2011.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art." -- Susan Sontag
TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- countries that were members of the League of Nations for its entire duration. Forty other nations were members intermittently.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 11) and first quarter moon (Jan. 18).