Today is the 22nd day of 2015 and the 33rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81, after a record 63-year reign.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in the Roe v. Wade case, legalizing elective abortion nationwide.
In 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed as the first female U.S. secretary of state.
In 1998, "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francis Bacon (1561-1626), philosopher/essayist; Lord Byron (1788-1824), poet; August Strindberg (1849-1912), playwright; D.W. Griffith (1875-1948), film director; George Balanchine (1904-1983), choreographer; Sam Cooke (1931-1964), singer-songwriter; Piper Laurie (1932- ), actress; Bill Bixby (1934-1993), actor; John Hurt (1940- ), actor; Steve Perry (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Linda Blair (1959- ), actress; Diane Lane (1965- ), actress; Guy Fieri (1968- ), TV host.
TODAY'S FACT: The Apple Macintosh computer was unveiled in a Super Bowl ad directed by Ridley Scott on this day in 1984.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2006, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-most ever scored by a single player in an NBA game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this -- that men despair and think things impossible." -- Francis Bacon
TODAY'S NUMBER: 100 -- the most points ever scored by one player in an NBA game, a feat accomplished by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Jan. 20) and first quarter moon (Jan. 26).