Today is the sixth day of 2017 and the 17th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1838, Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.
In 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th U.S. state.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the "Four Freedoms" in his State of the Union address.
In 1973, U.S. daylight saving time was implemented year-round in response to the 1973 oil crisis.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jedediah Smith (1799-1831), explorer/author; Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), poet; Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), poet/novelist; Danny Thomas (1912-1991), actor/comedian; Loretta Young (1913-2000), actress; Lou Holtz (1937- ), football coach/sportscaster; Rowan Atkinson (1955- ), actor/comedian; Nancy Lopez (1957- ), golfer; Howie Long (1960- ), football player/broadcaster; John Singleton (1968- ), filmmaker; Norman Reedus (1969- ), actor; Eddie Redmayne (1982- ), actor; Kate McKinnon (1984- ), actress/comedian; Jameis Winston (1994- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" outlined his principal goals for people "everywhere in the world": freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from want and fear.
TODAY's SPORTS: In 1994, U.S. champion figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee after a practice session on the orders of skating rival Tonya Harding.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream." -- Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"
TODAY'S NUMBER: $30,000 -- amount Congress appropriated in 1843 for Samuel F.B. Morse to construct the first experimental telegraph line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 5) and full moon (Jan. 12).