Today is the 55th day of 2014 and the 66th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, Colonel William Travis issued a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo in San Antonio.
In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson.
In 1903, the United States acquired a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In 2008, Fidel Castro's brother Raul Castro was officially named president by Cuba's parliament.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), author; Winslow Homer (1836-1910), artist; George A. Moore (1852-1933), poet/dramatist; Honus Wagner (1874-1955), baseball player; Abe Vigoda (1921- ), actor; Dominic Chianese (1931- ), actor; Phil Knight (1938- ), business magnate; Joseph Lieberman (1942- ), U.S. senator; Edward James Olmos (1947- ), actor; Steve Jobs (1955-2011), computer pioneer; Paula Zahn (1956- ), TV journalist; Billy Zane (1966- ), actor; Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005), comedian; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1977- ), boxer.
TODAY'S FACT: Andrew Johnson was the only U.S. senator from a Southern state to remain loyal to the Union during the Civil War.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?" -- George A. Moore
TODAY'S NUMBER: $1 -- annual salary Steve Jobs received as CEO of Apple Inc. (He made up for it with Apple stock options.)
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Feb. 22) and new moon (March 1).