Today is the 54th day of 2015 and the 65th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1778, Baron von Steuben joined the U.S. encampment at Valley Forge.� In 1942, a Japanese submarine fired artillery shells at coastal targets near Santa Barbara, California.
In 1945, American Marines raised the American flag on the island of Iwo Jima.
In 1954, the first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh.
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush announced the beginning of an allied ground offensive in Iraq.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963), author/activist; Tom Osborne (1937- ), football coach; Peter Fonda (1940- ), actor; Michael Dell (1965- ), businessman; Kelly Macdonald (1976- ), actress; Aziz Ansari (1983- ), actor/comedian; Emily Blunt (1983- ), actress; Skylar Grey (1986- ), singer-songwriter; Dakota Fanning (1994- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: A group of buzzards is called a "wake." A group of finches is called a "charm."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1988, the city of Chicago gave the Cubs baseball team permission to install lights at Wrigley Field and begin hosting night games.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know." -- W.E.B. Du Bois
TODAY'S NUMBER: 6,825 -- American soldiers who died taking Iwo Jima in 1945.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Feb. 18) and first quarter moon (Feb. 25).