UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 57th day of 2013 and the 68th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the island of Elba and began his return journey to France.
In 1935, Adolf Hitler secretly commissioned a new German air force, the Luftwaffe, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1987, the Tower Commission released its report on the Iran-Contra affair, rebuking President Ronald Reagan for not controlling his national security staff.
In 1993, a truck bomb exploded in the parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Victor Hugo (1802-1885), writer; Levi Strauss (1829-1902), tailor/inventor; William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), frontiersman/showman; Jackie Gleason (1916-1987), actor/comedian; Fats Domino (1928- ), musician; Robert Novak (1931-2009), columnist; Johnny Cash (1932-2003), musician; Michael Bolton (1953- ), singer; Erykah Badu (1971- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant who went to San Francisco during the Gold Rush, made his first pair of "jeans" out of canvas.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1935, an aging Babe Ruth was released by the New York Yankees and signed a contract to become an assistant manager and player with the Boston Braves.
TODAY'S QUOTE: " All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." -- Victor Hugo
TODAY'S NUMBER: 14 -- age at which "Buffalo Bill" Cody began riding for the Pony Express, after answering an advertisement for "skinny, expert riders willing to risk death daily."
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Feb. 25) and last quarter moon (March 4).