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February 1
National Freedom Day President Abraham Lincoln today in 1865 signed the proposed 13th amendment to be ratified by the states Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
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February 1
National Baked Alaska Day
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February 1
Thomas Edison completed the world's first motion picture studio, the "Black Maria," in West Orange, New Jersey, today in 1893
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February 2
Groundhog Day was first held in Punxsutawney, "the town of the sand flies," Pennsylvania, today in 1887
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February 2
Candlemas Purification of the Virgin Imbloc Oimelc St Brigid's Day Latha Fhèill Brìghde Lá Fhéile Bríde Gwyl Ffraed Ground Hog Day Hedgehog Day 40 days after Christmas Cross quarter day, midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox
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February 2
National Heavenly Hash Day
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Elizabeth Blackwell, in Bristol, England, today in 1821. She became the first woman to earn the M.D. degree in the U.S., in 1849 from Geneva Medical School, now Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York "If society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled"
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February 3
Cordova Ice Worm Day
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February 3
National Carrot Cake Day
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Feb 4 Historical Events
 
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February 4
Thank A Mailperson Day
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February 4
National Stuffed Mushroom Day
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February 4
Create A Vacuum Day
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February 5
Roger Williams, defender of religious liberty, advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans, founder of Rhode Island, arrived in Boston on the Lyon from England today in 1631
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February 5
Disaster Day
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February 5
National Chocolate Fondue Day
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Feb 6 Historical Events
 
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February 6
Massachusetts, the Bay State, became the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution and admitted to the Union today in 1788
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February 6
Pay A Compliment Day
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February 6
National Frozen Yogurt Day
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Feb 7 Historical Events
 
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Charles John Huffam Dickens, in Landport (Portsmouth), Hampshire, England, 1812 "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free" Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, in Pepin, Wisconsin, U.S., 1867 "Home is the nicest word there is"
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February 7
Send A Card To A Friend Day
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February 7
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
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February 8
Boy Scouts Day The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by Chicago publisher William D. Boyce today in 1910
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February 8
Laugh and Grow Rich Day
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February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
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February 9
The English Parliament declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion today in 1775, following more than a decade of colonial resistance against English imposition of the Sugar Act (1764), Currency Act (1764), Stamp Act (1765), Quartering Act (1765, 1774), Townshend Acts (1767), Tea Act (1773), and Intolerable Acts (1774).
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February 9
Toothache Day Feast day of St. Apollonia, patroness of dentistry and those who suffer from toothache
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February 9
National Bagels and Lox Day
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February 10
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
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February 10
The first singing telegram was delivered by Postal Telegraph Company, New York City, today in 1933
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February 10
The first U.S. patent (No. 37,610 ) on a fire extinguishing system, with pipes operated from outside a building, was granted to Alanson Crane of Fortress Monroe, Virginia, today in 1863
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February 11
National Inventors Day Be Electrific Day Thomas Alva Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park," who held 1,097 U.S. patents plus other patents in Europe, was born in Milan, Ohio, today in 1847
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February 11
Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
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February 11
Peppermint Patty Day
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Born on February 12
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President, in Nolin Creek, Hodgenville, Kentucky, 1809 And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
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February 12
Darwin Day Charles Robert Darwin, English naturalist who developed the theory of evolution and authored On The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, was born today in Shrewsbury, England, 1809
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February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
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February 13
Dream Of Your Sweetheart Day
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February 13
I Value Our Friendship Day
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February 13
National Tortellini Day
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February 14
Saint Valentine's Day The day of valor and courtly love, of Valentines of Rome, Terni, and Alexandria, and of Miss Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, who first sold $5,000 of embossed paper lace valentines in 1847
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February 14
Have A Heart Day
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February 14
National Cream Filled Chocolates Day
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February 15
Morris and Rose Michtom introduced the first teddy bear in Brooklyn today in 1903, after President Theodore Roosevelt refused to hunt a trapped bear
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Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist, astronomer, and philosopher who paved the way for the scientific revolution, in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy, 1564 "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself"
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February 15
National Gumdrop Day
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Feb 16 Historical Events
 
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February 16
Do A Grouch A Favor Day
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February 16
National Almond Day
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February 16
Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers of DuPont received a patent (No. 2,071,250) for Nylon today in 1937, which was soon used to replace hog bristles in tooth brushes
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Feb 17 Historical Events
 
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February 17
Champion Crab Races Day
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February 17
Random Acts of Kindness Day Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty
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February 17
National Cafe Au Lait Day
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February 18
Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, having been delayed by sabotage and preceded by publication in England on December 10, 1884, was published in America for the first time today in 1885
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February 18
National Battery Day Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the electric battery, was born today in 1745
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February 18
National Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day
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February 19
Solar System Day Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy who formulated the heliocentric theory that the planets revolve around a stationary sun, was born today in Torún, Poland, 1473
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February 19
The first day of astrological sign Pisces
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February 19
National Chocolate Mint Day
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February 20
President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, which outlined Congressional power to establish mail routes and made it illegal for postal officials to open anyone's mail, today in 1792. Letter delivery cost six to 12 and 1/2 cents
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February 20
Love Your Pet Day
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February 20
National Cherry Pie Day
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February 21
Card Reading Day
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February 21
National Sticky Bun Day
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February 21
International Mother Language Day
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George Washington, the first president of the United States, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, today in 1732 "A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master"
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February 22
World Thinking Day
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February 22
National Margarita Day
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February 23
Iwo Jima Day Six men from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division, raised the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, "Sulphur Island," today in 1945
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February 23
Tennis Day Major Walter Winfield patented the game called "sphairistike," or lawn tennis, today in 1874
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February 23
National Banana Bread Day
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February 24
Obnoxious Day
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February 24
Vincennes Day George Rogers Clark recaptured Vincennes, Indiana, from the British during the American Revolutionary War today in 1779
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February 24
National Tortilla Chip Day
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February 25
Cuddle Day
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February 25
International Clam Chowder Festival
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February 25
Pistol Patent Day Samuel Colt was granted patent No. 138 for his invention of Colt revolver, a pistol with a revolving cylinder containing six bullets, today in 1836
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February 26
National parks established today by Acts of Congress: The Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in 1919; the Acadia (Lafayette) National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, in 1919; the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1929
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Levi Strauss, in Bavaria today in 1829. He fastened copper rivets onto heavy blue denim ("genes" in France) and invented "jeans" for Californian gold miners
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February 26
National Pistachio Day
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February 27
International Polar Bear Day
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February 27
Masked celebration of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, was first legalized for today, on Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, "Pancake Day," 46 days before Easter, of 1827
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February 27
National Kahlua Day
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February 28
Floral Design Day
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February 28
Public Sleeping Day
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February 28
National Chocolate Soufflé Day
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Born on February 29
I'll celebrate my 20th birthday at 80 years of age
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February 29
has occurred on leap years once every four years, except century years not divisible by 400, since Julius Caesar reconciled solar and lunar calendars in 45 BC, following the 445-day-long 46 BC, the "last year of confusion"
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February 29
National Surf and Turf Day
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