Today is the 54th day of 2014 and the 65th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1778, Baron von Steuben joined the U.S. encampment at Valley Forge.
In 1945, American Marines raised the American flag on the island of Iwo Jima.
In 1954, the first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced the beginning of an allied ground offensive in Iraq.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), diarist/British naval official; George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), composer; W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), author/activist; Tom Osborne (1937- ), football coach; Peter Fonda (1940- ), actor; Michael Dell (1965- ), businessman; Neal McDonough (1966- ), actor; Aziz Ansari (1983- ), actor/comedian; Emily Blunt (1983- ), actress; Skylar Grey (1986- ), singer-songwriter; Dakota Fanning (1994- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: A group of buzzards is called a "wake." A group of finches is called a "charm."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1988, the city of Chicago gave the Cubs baseball team permission to install lights at Wrigley Field and begin hosting night games.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame." -- W.E.B. Du Bois
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6,825 -- American soldiers who died taking Iwo Jima in 1945.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Feb. 22) and new moon (March 1).