Today is the 46th day of 2016 and the 56th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine exploded and sank in Havana Harbor in Cuba, ultimately leading the United States to declare war on Spain.
In 1961, the U.S. figure skating team was killed in a plane crash in Belgium.
In 1972, sound recordings were granted U.S. federal copyright protection.
In 2001, the first draft of the complete human genome was published in the scientific journal Nature.
In 2013, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk Oblast in Russia, injuring 1,500 people and damaging 7,200 buildings in six cities.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), scientist; Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), activist; Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), explorer; Harold Arlen (1905-1986), composer; Jane Seymour (1951- ), actress; Matt Groening (1954- ), animator/screenwriter; Chris Farley (1964-1997), actor/comedian; Jaromir Jagr (1972- ), hockey player; Amber Riley (1986- ), singer/actress; Zachary Gordon (1998- ), actor.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, after 19 losses, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his first and only Daytona 500.
TODAY'S FACT: "The Simpsons," created by Matt Groening and currently in its 27th season, is the longest-running American sitcom.
TODAY'S QUOTE: " We assert the province of government to be to secure the people in the enjoyment of their unalienable rights. We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights." -- Susan B. Anthony
TODAY'S NUMBER: 12,750 -- total length, in miles, of sidewalks in New York City.
TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Feb. 15).