Today is the 42nd day of 2014 and the 53rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin concluded their conference in Yalta.
In 1990, anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa after 27 years.
In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a friend while hunting quail on a Texas ranch.
In 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ceded power in response to mass protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square, bringing nearly 30 years of rule to a close.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Edison (1847-1931), inventor; Max Baer (1909-1959), boxer; Eva Gabor (1919-1995), actress; Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010), actor; Mary Quant (1934- ), fashion designer; Burt Reynolds (1936- ), actor; Sheryl Crow (1962- ), singer-songwriter; Sarah Palin (1964- ), politician/TV personality; Ken Shamrock (1964- ), mixed martial artist; Jennifer Aniston (1969- ), actress; Damian Lewis (1971- ), actor; Kelly Rowland (1981- ), singer; Taylor Lautner (1992- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: In 1970, Japan successfully launched its first satellite, becoming the world's fourth space power after the Soviet Union in 1957, the United States in 1958 and France in 1965.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Buster Douglas knocked out undisputed heavyweight champion and 42-1 betting favorite Mike Tyson in the 10th round of their match in Tokyo, completing one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison
TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- age at which Thomas Edison received his first patent, for an "Electric Vote Recorder."
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 6) and full moon (Feb. 14).