Today is the 40th day of 2014 and the 51st day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
In 1950, during a speech in West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin claimed to have a list of more than 200 "known communists" serving in the State Department.
In 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1968, the first U.S. combat troops were sent to South Vietnam.
In 1994, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), ninth U.S. president; Ronald Colman (1891-1958), actor; Brendan Behan (1923-1964), playwright; Roger Mudd (1928- ), TV journalist; Carole King (1942- ), singer-songwriter; Joe Pesci (1943- ), actor; Alice Walker (1944- ), author; Mia Farrow (1945- ), actress; Charlie Day (1976- ), actor; Tom Hiddleston (1981- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Some 45.3 percent of all U.S. television-owning households tuned in to see the Beatles' TV debut in America on "The Ed Sullivan Show." It was then the highest-rated TV telecast and is still the 26th-highest rated of all time.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1971, pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige became the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed." -- William Henry Harrison
TODAY'S NUMBER: 250 -- length (in feet) of Henry Ford's first automobile assembly line.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 6) and full moon (Feb. 14).