Today is the 33rd day of 2014 and the 44th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1626, Charles I was crowned king of England.
In 1790, the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the first time.
In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, ending the war between the United States and Mexico.
In 1943, the Russian victory at Stalingrad was concluded when German forces surrendered to the Soviets.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861-1949), businessman/philanthropist; James Joyce (1882-1941), author; George Halas (1895-1983), football coach/team owner; Ayn Rand (1905-1982), author/philosopher; Elaine Stritch (1925- ), actress/comedian; Stan Getz (1927-1991), jazz musician; Graham Nash (1942- ), singer-songwriter; Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), actress; Christie Brinkley (1954- ), model; Shakira (1977- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: Since the release of the popular movie "Groundhog Day" in 1993, crowds of up to 30,000 have visited Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania each year on Feb. 2 to see whether Punxsutawney Phil observes his shadow.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1876, the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs was established.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." -- James Joyce, "Ulysses"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 100 -- times in the 126-year history of Groundhog Day ceremonies that Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 30) and first quarter moon (Feb. 6).