UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 34th day of 2012 and the 45th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1913, the federal income tax was authorized with ratification of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.
In 1959, rock pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
In 1962, President John Kennedy banned trade with Cuba.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), composer; Horace Greeley (1811-1872) activist/newspaper editor; Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), writer; Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), artist/illustrator; James Michener (1907-1997), novelist; Blythe Danner (1943- ), actress; Morgan Fairchild (1950- ), actress; Nathan Lane (1956- ), actor; Maura Tierney (1965- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Norman Rockwell's body of work is estimated at more than 4,000 original pieces.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker rode the 40,350th and final race of his career.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character." -- Horace Greeley
TODAY'S NUMBER: 17 -- age at which Felix Mendelssohn wrote his overture to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (Feb. 3).