Today is the 37th day of 2014 and the 48th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1778, representatives of the United States and France signed an alliance in Paris.
In 1788, Massachusetts ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the sixth U.S. state.
In 1952, Elizabeth II became queen regnant of the United Kingdom when her father, King George VI, died of cancer.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan defined the key concepts of his foreign policy, which the media dubbed "The Reagan Doctrine," during his State of the Union Address.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan National Airport.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Aaron Burr (1756-1836), politician/U.S. vice president; Babe Ruth (1895-1948), baseball player; Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), 40th U.S. president; Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917- ), actress; Francois Truffaut (1932-1984), filmmaker/critic; Tom Brokaw (1940- ), journalist/author; Bob Marley (1945-1981), singer-songwriter; Axl Rose (1962- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: France is the most popular nation in the world among tourists, with 75 million travelers visiting per year.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams for $135,000, which was then the highest salary in baseball.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves." -- Ronald Reagan
TODAY'S NUMBER: 75.2 -- percentage of Israel's population that is Jewish.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Feb. 6).