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Unusual Facts and Trivia About February

Many facts about the month of February presented for all to explore.

Okay…already, I know it is the month of valentines and chocolate hearts, but what else do you know about this often blustery month with the fewest days in the modern calendar year? Here are some interesting trivia tidbits about the blustery often harsh 2nd month of the year on the modern calendar.

February is the second month, and has 28 days, except on Leap Years when it has 29 (2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012).

It is named after the Roman god Februus.  The Latin root word februa means purification; and the Romans held their celebration of purification during the time of the month February. The Welsh originally called the second month of the year – “y mis bach” meaning the little month. During the time of Shakespeare it was called ‘Feverell’.

The flower of this month is a violet or sometimes a primrose and the birthstone is amethyst (which represents sincerity).

Three big holidays are held in February: Groundhog’s day (2nd), St. Valentine’s Day (14th) and President’s day (3rd Monday).

February is also Black History Month, a time used to celebrate the accomplishments of people such as George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King, Jr., Marion Anderson, Satchel Paige, Sojourner Truth and many more.

President Andrew Johnson was impeached on February 24th, 1868.

On February 25th, 1928, a U.S. federal government commission issued the very first Television Broadcast License.

On February 14th, 1928 the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in Chicago.

John Glenn (astronaut and US Senator) was the first man to orbit the earth on February 20th, 1962.

Japan successfully launched a satellite into orbit on February 11th, 1970, making it the world’s fourth space power.

There is an ancient legend that Augustus Caesar took a day from February and added it to August (the month named after him) in order to make it as long as the month names after Julius Caesar and that is how February ended up with 28 days.

Catholics celebrate February 2nd as a religious holiday known as  Candlemas Day (the Christian Festival of Lights).

Some Famous people were February babies:

 Aaron Burr – American politician & traitor…b.  2/6/1756

Felix Mendelssohn – musical composer… b.   2/3/1809

Ronald Reagan – US President, Governor  & Hollywood Actor… b.  2/6/1911

Dwight Moody – religious evangelist…b.  2/5/1837

Sinclair Lewis – Nobel Prize-winning novelist… born February 7, 1885.

William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States… b. February 9, 1773

Abraham Lincoln — 16th President of the United States… b. 2/12/1809

Charles Darwin —  British naturalist … b.  2/ 12/1809

Thomas A. Edison — American inventor …  b.  2/11/1847

OTHER FEBRUARY Holidays

Canadian Flag Day is February 15th

Dominican Republic Independence Day  is February 27th

February is Library Lover’s Month

February is National Chocolate Lover’s Month

February 3rd is Wear Red Day

February 9th is G I Joe’s birthday in 1964

February 21st is — Love Your Pet Day

February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day

SHROVE TUESDAY is a Christian Holiday and on 2/16/2010 it will be celebrated marking the 40 days before Easter

ASH WEDNESDAY is another Christian Holiday and on 2/17/2010 it will be celebrated, always the day after SHROVE DAY.

PURIM is celebrated on February 28th

February such an interesting little month we sometimes ignore except for Valentine’s Day dinners and presents.

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