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January    February    March
Zodiac: Aquarius     Jan 21 - Feb 19     Flower: Violet     Birthstone: Amethyst

The word, February, has its origins in "Februare," a Latin word which means, "to purify or cleanse."  The Romans traditionally staged an animal purification ceremony at this time of year.

Library Lover's Month
National American Heart Month
National Children's Dental Health Month
National Career and Technical Education Month
African American History Month (Individual Famous African Americans media)

1 Freedom Day Anniversary     FACTOID: Celebrates the end of slavery and commemorates freedom when Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment which Abolished Slavery, 1865.

American writer Langston Hughes, born 1902.

Robinson Crusoe Day - Alexander Selkirk, a real-life prototype of Robinson Crusoe, was rescued 1709 after being marooned for over 24 years on Juan Fernando Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Jerry Spinelli, author of Maniac Magee, born on this day in 1941.

National "Wear Red" Day [SY 2018-19] in support of Heart Disease Awareness for women.
Groundhog Day   FACTOID: Legend says the groundhog emerges from hibernation, and if he sees his shadow, he retreats back into his hole and there will be six more weeks of winter.

American painter Norman Rockwell born 1894.
3 First paper money used to pay soldiers fighting in the War of Quebec issued in 1690.

Superbowl [2019]
4 American Aviator Charles Lindbergh born 1902.  FACTOID: On May 20, 1927, he began his first solo flight across Atlantic Ocean, 33 1/2 hours later he landed in Paris.

First Winter Olympics held in 1924.   FACTOID: U.S., competing unofficially, won the first modern Olympic games in Athens, Greece on April 6, 1896.
5 National School Counseling Week  (5-9) [SY 2018-19]

Chinese New Year - Year of the Pig [SY 2018-19] 

Baseball player Babe Ruth born 1895.

Massachusetts became the 6th state (settled in 1620), 1788.
FACTOID: One of the original 13 colonies.

Ronald Reagan, 40th president (1981-1988), born 1911.  FACTOID:  Assassination attempt by John Hinkley on March 30, 1981. Reagan died June 5, 2004.


Charles Dickens, writer, born 1812.

Sinclair Lewis, Writer and first American to win Nobel Prize for Literature, born 1885.

Political collapse of the Soviet Union, 1990.

8 General William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Army, born 1820.

William Henry Harrison, 9th president (1841) born 1773.  FACTOID: First president to die in office. He caught a cold that turned to pneumonia and died 30 days later in 1841.


French and Indian War ended by the signing of the Treaty of Paris, 1763.

Elaine Konigsburg, author of A View From Saturday, born 1930.

11 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison, born 1847.  FACTOID:  Invented phonograph on August 12, 1877.  During his lifetime (84 years), he created 1,097 inventions! 

Jane Yolen, author of Ghost Moon and How Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, born 1930.

First puppet show in America, 1738.

China became a republic in 1912 when the Manchu Dynasty was overthrown in a rebellion led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president (1861), born in Kentucky in 1809.  FACTOID: First Lincoln head penny was issued on August 2, 1902.

Judy Blume, author of The Fudge Series, Freckle Juice, born 1938.

13 First magazine published in America, "The American Magazine," in Philadelphia, 1747.

William & Mary proclaimed King and Queen of England by Parliament, 1689.

First cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) was laid, 1915.
14 Arizona became the 48th state (settled in 1776), 1912.

Frederick Douglas, black leader, born 1817.

Oregon became the 33rd state (settled in 1811), 1859.

Valentine's Day

Italian scientist and astronomer, Galileo Galilei, born 1564.

Susan Brownell Anthony, pioneer crusader for women's rights, born 1820.   FACTOID:  She became involved in anti-slavery activities while a young school teacher.  In 1852, she declared herself in favor of suffrage for women and spent the next 50 years - all the rest of her life - working for equal rights. FACTOID:  A dollar coin was made with her likeness in 1979, although not popular because it looked to much like the quarter.

16 LeVar Burton, actor, host of Reading Rainbow, born 1957.

National Parent Teachers Association Founders (1897) Day [SY 2018-19]

18 Pluto discovered 1930.

Adventures of Huck Finn published 1885.

Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday celebrated today) [SY 2018-19]   (Make-up day)
19 Nicolaus Copernicus, Astronomer who discovered that the Earth is another planet revolving around the fixed sun once a year, and turning on its axis once a day. Born on this day in 1473. (d. 5/24/1543)
20 Student Volunteer Day   (Community Service)

John Glenn Day   FACTOID:  Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1962,  Glenn circled the Earth three times in his space capsule and then landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean.
21 The movie "The Killing Fields" is about The Battle of Verdun, 1916.

Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, introduced the drafting of our Nations Patent Act which became a law in 1793 protecting the rights of inventors and their inventions.

Popcorn first introduced to American colonists, 1630.

Washington Monument dedicated 1885.

Structure of DNA molecule discovered, 1953.

French composer & pianist, Frederick Chopin, born 1810.

George Washington, born 1732.  FACTOIDS:  Sworn in as the first President on April 30, 1789. Known as Father of Our Country and for his brilliance during the Revolutionary War, without Washington's leadership during the formative years America might never have existed. Died at his home, Mount Vernon, Virginia on December 14, 1799. 

Cloning of sheep announced 1997.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy, born 1932. FACTOIDS: Ted Kennedy passed away, August 29, 2009 at the age of 77 from brain cancer. He was elected nine times and served 46 years in the U.S. Senate.

23 United States flag raised on Mt. Surabachi, Iwo Jima, by United States Marines in 1945.
24 Wilhelm Karl Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, born 1786.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionists painter, born 1841 (d. 1919)

26 Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody), American plainsman, scout, & showman, born 1846.

Victor Hugo, novelist, best known for his novels Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831) and Les Miserable's, born 1802. (d. 1885 age 83)
27 Writer Henry W. Longfellow, author of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Hiawatha, born 1807.

John Steinbeck, an American writer of the 20th century, born 1901 (d. 1968) FACTOID: A winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962, he is best known for his novella Of Mice and Men (1937) and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath (1939), both of which examine the lives of the working class and the migrant worker during the Great Depression.
28 American race-car driver Mario Andretti, born 1940.

National Digital Learning Day [SY 2018-19]
  FACTOID: 29th - The next Leap year will be in 2020. This extra day comes every 4 years because it takes the earth 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun and those 1/4 days make a whole day every four years.
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