Today is the 28th day of 2014 and the 39th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1547, King Henry VIII of England died and was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward IV.
In 1871, France surrendered to Germany, ending the Franco-Prussian War.
In 1915, Congress passed legislation creating the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff, killing six astronauts and Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was to become the first civilian in space.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jose Marti (1853-1895), poet/activist; Colette (1873-1954), author; Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), artist; Alan Alda (1936- ), actor; Carlos Slim Helu (1940- ), business magnate; Gregg Popovich (1949- ), basketball coach; Nicolas Sarkozy (1955- ), French president; Frank Darabont (1959- ), filmmaker; Sarah McLachlan (1968- ), singer-songwriter; Elijah Wood (1981- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The modern Lego brick was patented on this day in 1958. Lego bricks from that year are compatible with bricks produced today.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1959, Vince Lombardi was named the Green Bay Packers' head coach and general manager.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Every human being has within him an ideal man, just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the Greek made of the god Apollo." -- Jose Marti
TODAY'S NUMBER: 21,000 -- estimated number of genes in the human genome, revised from estimates of as many as 140,000 in 2001.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 23) and new moon (Jan. 30).