Today is the 52nd day of 2015 and the 63rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1842, John Greenough received the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine.
In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto."
In 1925, the first issue of The New Yorker was published.
In 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City.
In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China while in office.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Leo Delibes (1836-1891), composer; Anais Nin (1903-1977), author; John Rawls (1921-2002), philosopher; Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), film director; Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), humorist; David Geffen (1943- ), record producer; Tyne Daly (1946- ), actress; Alan Rickman (1946- ), actor; William Petersen (1953- ), actor; Kelsey Grammer (1955- ), actor; Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958- ), singer-songwriter; Chuck Palahniuk (1962- ), author; David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), author; Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979- ), actress; Ellen Page (1987- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Chemnitz, East Germany, changed its name to Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1953. After East and West Germany reunited in 1990, the name was changed back following a referendum.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1948, race car driver Bill France and various members of the auto racing community formed the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR).
TODAY'S QUOTE: "We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them." -- Anais Nin
TODAY'S NUMBER: 555 -- height (in feet) of the Washington Monument, dedicated on this day in 1885.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Feb. 18) and first quarter moon (Feb. 25).