Today is the 25th day of 2014 and the 36th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1533, King Henry VIII of England secretly married Anne Boleyn.
In 1787, Shay's Rebellion broke out in Massachusetts.
In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call from New York to San Francisco.
In 1961, a few days after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential news conference.
In 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Burns (1759-1796), poet; W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), author/playwright; Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), author/essayist; Etta James (1938-2012), singer-songwriter; Paul Nurse (1949- ), biochemist/Nobel laureate; Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975), runner; Alicia Keys (1981- ), singer-songwriter; Patrick Willis (1985- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The Mars Opportunity rover continues to make scientific observations and report back to Earth in 2014, more than nine years beyond the duration of activity for which it was designed.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games began in Chamonix, France. The Canadian ice hockey team dominated the games, winning all five of its contests while outscoring the competition 110-3.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life." -- W. Somerset Maugham
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- wives of King Henry VIII. He ordered two, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Parr, executed by beheading.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 23) and new moon (Jan. 30).