Today is the 32nd day of 2015 and the 43rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, a Texas state convention voted 166-8 in favor of a measure to secede from the Union.
In 1884, the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published.
In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested, along with more than 700 other demonstrators, at a protest in Selma, Alabama.
In 2003, the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart shortly after entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing its seven-member crew.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Ford (1895-1973), film director; Clark Gable (1901-1960), actor; Langston Hughes (1902-1967), poet; Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004), opera singer; Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), Russian president; Sherman Helmsley (1937-2012), actor; Rick James (1948-2004), singer-songwriter; Princess Stephanie of Monaco (1965- ); Andrew Breitbart (1968-2012), publisher/political commentator; Michael C. Hall (1971- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson pioneered "Negro History Week" in 1926 and designated the second week in February for its celebration, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week was later expanded to include all of February and renamed "Black History Month."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2004, a "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl halftime show resulted in the exposure of singer Janet Jackson's breast on live national television during a duet with Justin Timberlake.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "To some people Love is given, to others only Heaven." -- Langston Hughes
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,014 -- height (in feet) of the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union, which opened in London on this day in 2013.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 26) and full moon (Feb. 3).