Today is the 32nd day of 2014 and the 43rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, a Texas state convention voted 166-8 in favor of a measure to secede from the Union.
In 1884, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested, along with more than 700 other demonstrators, at a protest in Selma, Ala.
In 2003, the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart shortly after entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing its seven-member crew.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Ford (1895-1973), film director; Clark Gable (1901-1960), actor; Langston Hughes (1902-1967), poet; Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004), opera singer; Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), Russian president; Sherman Helmsley (1937-2012), actor; Rick James (1948-2004), singer-songwriter; Princess Stephanie of Monaco (1965- ); Andrew Breitbart (1968-2012), publisher/political commentator; Michael C. Hall (1971- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson pioneered "Negro History Week" in 1926 and designated the second week in February for its celebration, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week was later expanded to include all of February and renamed "Black History Month."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, a "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show resulted in the exposure of singer Janet Jackson's breast on live national television during a duet with Justin Timberlake.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life is for the living, and death is for the dead. Let life be like music, and death a note unsaid." -- Langston Hughes
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12,345,678,987,654,321 -- product of multiplying 111,111,111 by 111,111,111.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 30) and first quarter moon (Feb. 6).