Today is the 34th day of 2015 and the 45th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1690, the Massachusetts colony printed the first American paper currency.
In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, prohibiting state and federal governments from denying the right to vote based on race or color.
In 1913, the federal income tax was authorized with ratification of the 16th Amendment.
In 1959, rock pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
In 1962, President John Kennedy announced a ban on nearly all trade with Cuba.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), composer; Horace Greeley (1811-1872), activist/newspaper editor; Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), writer; Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), artist/illustrator; James Michener (1907-1997), author; Blythe Danner (1943- ), actress; Morgan Fairchild (1950- ), actress; Nathan Lane (1956- ), actor; Maura Tierney (1965- ), actress; Isla Fisher (1976- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Norman Rockwell's body of work is estimated at more than 4,000 original pieces.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, legendary jockey Willie Shoemaker rode the 40,350th and final race of his career.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "A nation becomes what its young people read in their youth. Its ideals are fashioned then, its goals strongly determined." -- James Michener
TODAY'S NUMBER: 17 -- age at which Felix Mendelssohn wrote his overture to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (Feb. 3).