Today is the 56th day of 2015 and the 67th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, Samuel Colt received the patent for his revolving-cylinder pistol.
In 1901, J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to levy income taxes, went into effect.
In 1991, the Warsaw Pact, a mutual defense agreement between Central and Eastern European communist states, was declared disbanded.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), artist; Enrico Caruso (1873-1921), opera singer; John Foster Dulles (1888-1959), diplomat; Zeppo Marx (1901-1979), actor; Bobby Riggs (1918-1995), tennis player; Ralph Stanley (1927- ), musician; Sally Jessy Raphael (1935- ), TV personality; George Harrison (1943-2001), singer-songwriter; Jack Handey (1949- ), humorist; Sean Astin (1971- ), actor; Chelsea Handler (1975- ), comedian; Rashida Jones (1976- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Pierre-Auguste Renoir continued to paint in his later years, despite being wheelchair-bound and suffering from such severe rheumatoid arthritis that he could not pick up a brush on his own. An assistant had to place the brush in Renoir's hand.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in a stunning upset to win the heavyweight boxing crown. Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali the following week.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year." -- John Foster Dulles
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,060 -- pairs of shoes notoriously left behind by Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos when she and her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, were forced to flee the country on this day in 1986.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Feb. 25).