Today is the 52nd day of 2012 and the 62nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto."
In 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City.
In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China while in office.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Leo Delibes (1836-1891), composer; Anais Nin (1903-1977), writer; Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), film director; Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), humorist; William Petersen (1953- ), actor; Kelsey Grammer (1955- ), actor; Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979- ), actress; Ellen Page (1987- ), actress.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, in a game against the New York Rangers, Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks became the third player in NHL history to score 500 lifetime goals.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." -- Malcolm X
TODAY'S FACT: Chemnitz, East Germany, changed its name to Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1953. After East and West Germany reunited in 1990, the name was changed back following a referendum.
TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 -- presidents since Richard Nixon who have not visited China. Jimmy Carter normalized relations with the People's Republic of China in 1979 but never made an official visit to the country.
TODAY'S MOON: New moon (Feb. 21).