Today is the 51st day of 2016 and the 61st day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1839, Congress passed legislation prohibiting dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits aboard the Mercury program's Friendship 7 spacecraft.
In 1986, the Soviet Union launched the core module of the Mir space station.
In 2003, a pyrotechnics display during a Great White concert set fire to the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer; Robert Altman (1925-2006), filmmaker; Richard Matheson (1926-2013), author/screenwriter; Sidney Poitier (1927- ), actor; Nancy Wilson (1937- ), singer/actress; Patty Hearst (1954- ), actress/socialite; Charles Barkley (1963- ), basketball player/broadcaster; Cindy Crawford (1966- ), fashion model; Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), musician; Lili Taylor (1967- ), actress; Justin Verlander (1983- ), baseball player; Rihanna (1988- ), singer-songwriter.
TODAY'S FACT: More NASA astronauts (31 men and women, as of 2015) have come from New York than any other state.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, 15-year-old Tara Lipinski became the then-youngest woman in history to win a singles figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." -- Ansel Adams
TODAY'S NUMBER: 10,506 -- duration (in hours) of the longest single human spaceflight, by Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov from January 1994 to March 1995. Polyakov spent 437 days aboard the Mir space station.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Feb. 15) and full moon (Feb. 22).