Today is the 56th day of 2016 and the 66th 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; George Harrison (1943-2001), singer-songwriter; Tea Leoni (1966- ), actress; 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: "For me, a painting must be a pleasant thing, joyous and pretty -- yes, pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life for us to fabricate still more." -- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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: Between full moon (Feb. 22) and last quarter moon (March 1).