UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 61st day of 2013 and the 72nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1877, the U.S. Congress declared Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the 1876 presidential election, despite the fact that Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote.
In 1933, the film "King Kong" opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In 1969, the Concorde supersonic airliner flew (at subsonic speeds) for the first time.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Sam Houston (1793-1863), soldier/politician; Pope Pius XII (1876-1958); Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) (1904-1991), author; Mel Ott (1909-1958), baseball player; Desi Arnaz (1917-1986), actor/musician; Tom Wolfe (1931- ), author/journalist; Mikhail Gorbachev (1931- ), former Soviet leader; Jon Bon Jovi (1962- ), musician; Daniel Craig (1968- ), actor; Chris Martin (1977- ), musician; Ben Roethlisberger (1982- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: "King Kong" was made in 1933 for about $11.7 million (in today's dollars). The 2005 remake cost $207 million to produce.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors set the NBA single-game scoring record with 100 points in a win over the New York Knicks.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live." -- Tom Wolfe
TODAY'S NUMBER: 27 -- publishing companies that rejected the manuscript of Dr. Seuss' first book for children, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street."
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Feb. 25) and last quarter moon (March 4).