Today is the 51st day of 2015 and the 62nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1839, Congress passed legislation prohibiting dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits aboard the Mercury program's Friendship 7 spacecraft.
In 1986, the Soviet Union launched the core module of the Mir space station.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer; Robert Altman (1925-2006), filmmaker; Richard Matheson (1926-2013), author/screenwriter; Sidney Poitier (1927- ), actor; Nancy Wilson (1937- ), singer/actress; Patty Hearst (1954- ), actress/socialite; Charles Barkley (1963- ), basketball player/broadcaster; Cindy Crawford (1966- ), fashion model; Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), musician; Lili Taylor (1967- ), actress; Justin Verlander (1983- ), baseball player; Rihanna (1988- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: More NASA astronauts (31 men and women, as of 2015) have come from New York than any other state.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, 15-year-old Tara Lipinski became the youngest woman in history to win a figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration." -- Ansel Adams
TODAY'S NUMBER: 10,506 -- duration (in hours) of the longest single human spaceflight, by Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov from January 1994 to March 1995. Polyakov spent 437 days aboard the Mir space station.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Feb. 18) and first quarter moon (Feb. 25).