Today is the 20th day of 2013 and the 31st day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1841, China ceded the island of Hong Kong to the British.
In 1885, LaMarcus Thompson patented the first roller coaster.
In 1981, the Iran hostage crisis ended as 52 American captives were released in Tehran, just after President Jimmy Carter left office.
In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Burns (1896-1996), comedian; Federico Fellini (1920-1993), film director; Patricia Neal (1926-2010), actress; Buzz Aldrin (1930- ), astronaut; David Lynch (1946- ), director; Rainn Wilson (1968- ), actor; Ahmir Thompson aka Questlove (1971- ), musician.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1892, the first official basketball game was played in Springfield, Mass. The two nine-man teams used a soccer ball and peach baskets.
TODAY'S FACT: Digital music sales accounted for 50.3 percent of total music sales in 2011, surpassing physical music sales for the first time.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America." -- Jimmy Carter
TODAY'S NUMBER: 444 -- days the hostages were held in the U.S. embassy in Iran.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 18) and full moon (Jan. 26).