Today is the 16th day of 2018 and the 27th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1920, the first meeting of the League of Nations was held in Paris.
In 1945, Adolf Hitler moved into his underground bunker in Berlin.
In 1969, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 completed the first docking of manned spacecraft.
In 1979, the Shah of Iran fled his homeland in the wake of a revolution.
In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state of an African nation when she was sworn in as president of Liberia.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ethel Merman (1908-1984), actress/singer; Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), baseball player; Dian Fossey (1932-1985), zoologist; Susan Sontag (1933-2004), author/critic; Ronnie Milsap (1943- ), singer-songwriter; Laura Schlessinger (1947- ), radio host/author; John Carpenter (1948- ), director; Ruth Reichl (1948- ), food writer/editor; Roy Jones Jr. (1969- ), boxer; Kate Moss (1974- ), model; Albert Pujols (1980- ), baseball player; Joe Flacco (1985- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The world's busiest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, which 104 million passengers traveled through in 2016.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract for an annual salary of $75,000, making him the highest-paid player in the American League.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is." -- Susan Sontag, "The Benefactor"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- countries that were members of the League of Nations for its entire duration. Forty other nations were members intermittently.