Today is the 46th day of 2020 and the 57th day of winter.
— 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; Gary Clark Jr. (1984-), singer-songwriter; Amber Riley (1986-), singer/actress; Zachary Gordon (1998-), actor.
TODAY’S FACT: “The Simpsons,” created by Matt Groening and currently in its 31st season, is the longest-running American sitcom.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1998, after 19 losses, Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his first and only Daytona 500.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “Basically, I only play one character. I just play him at different volumes.” — Chris Farley
TODAY’S NUMBER: 12,750 — total length, in miles, of sidewalks in New York City.
TODAY’S MOON: Last quarter moon (Feb. 15).