Today is the 22nd day of 2017 and the 33rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81, after a then-record 63-year reign.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in the Roe v. Wade case, legalizing elective abortion nationwide.
In 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed as the first female U.S. secretary of state.
In 1998, "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francis Bacon (1561-1626), philosopher/essayist; Lord Byron (1788-1824), poet; August Strindberg (1849-1912), playwright; D.W. Griffith (1875-1948), film director; George Balanchine (1904-1983), choreographer; Sam Cooke (1931-1964), singer-songwriter; Piper Laurie (1932- ), actress; Bill Bixby (1934-1993), actor; John Hurt (1940- ), actor; Steve Perry (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Linda Blair (1959- ), actress; Diane Lane (1965- ), actress; Guy Fieri (1968- ), TV host.
TODAY'S FACT: The Apple Macintosh computer was unveiled in a Super Bowl ad directed by Ridley Scott on this day in 1984.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2006, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-most ever scored by a single player in an NBA game.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea." -- Francis Bacon, "The Advancement of Learning"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 146 -- episodes of "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien." O'Brien's seven-month run as host of NBC's long-running late-night talk show ended with the episode that aired on this day in 2010.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan 19) and new moon (Jan. 27).