Today is the 40th day of 2016 and the 50th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
In 1895, the game of volleyball (then called Mintonette) was created in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
In 1950, during a speech in West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin claimed to have a list of more than 200 "known communists" serving in the State Department.
In 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), ninth U.S. president; Ronald Colman (1891-1958), actor; Carmen Miranda (1909-1955), dancer/singer/actress; Brendan Behan (1923-1964), playwright; Roger Mudd (1928- ), TV journalist; Carole King (1942- ), singer-songwriter; Joe Pesci (1943- ), actor; Alice Walker (1944- ), author; Mia Farrow (1945- ), actress; Charlie Day (1976- ), actor; Tom Hiddleston (1981- ), actor; Michael B. Jordan (1987- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: No candidate took the majority of the electoral votes in the presidential election of 1824. As a result, the decision fell to the House of Representatives, which elected John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson on this day in 1825.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1971, pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige became the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "But please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended." -- Alice Walker
TODAY'S NUMBER: 73 million -- viewers estimated to have tuned in to see the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." At 45.3 percent of all U.S. television-owning households, it became the highest-rated TV telecast and is still the 26th-highest rated of all time.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Feb. 8) and first quarter moon (Feb. 15).