Today is the 39th day of 2016 and the 49th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed on suspicion of plotting to murder her cousin Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.
In 1915, D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" premiered in Los Angeles with the title "The Clansman."
In 1971, the NASDAQ stock exchange began trading.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law, leading to a drastic overhaul of U.S. media regulations.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), U.S. general; Jules Verne (1828-1905), author; Lana Turner (1921-1995), actress; Jack Lemmon (1925-2001), actor; James Dean (1931-1955), actor; John Williams (1932- ), composer; Ted Koppel (1940- ), journalist; Nick Nolte (1941- ), actor; Robert Klein (1942- ), comedian/actor; Mary Steenburgen (1953- ), actress; John Grisham (1955- ), author; Bruce Timm (1961- ), animator; Gary Coleman (1968-2010), actor; Mary McCormack (1969- ), actress; Seth Green (1974- ), actor/producer.
TODAY'S FACT: The first movie ever to be screened privately at the White House was "The Birth of a Nation," which Woodrow Wilson viewed in 1915.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, Finland beat Sweden 6-0 in the first women's Olympic ice hockey game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "While his heart still beats, while his flesh still moves, I cannot accept that a being endowed with willpower can give in to despair." -- Jules Verne, "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2.4 million -- youth membership of the Boy Scouts of America in 2014.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (Feb. 8).