2016 Daily Holidays that fall on February 1, include:
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Decorating With Candy Day
G.I. Joe Day
Hula in the Coola Day
International Face & Body Art Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Freedom Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 1, are:
Burn Awareness Week - February 1-7, 2016
Catholic Schools Week - January 31, 2016 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
Children's Authors & Illustrators Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016
International Networking Week - February 1-5, 2016
National Meat Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on last Sunday of January)
National Patient Recognition Week - February 1-7, 2015 (First Week of February)
National School Counseling Week - February 1-5, 2016
Pride in Food Services Week - February 1-5, 2016 (First Full Workweek of February)
Solo Diners Eat Out Week - February 1-7
Women's Heart Week - February 1-7
World Interfaith Harmony Week - February 1-7 (First Week of February)
World Leprosy Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016
2016 Monthly Holidays that include February 1, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.
A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events
Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2016 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2016
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 15 - February 6, 2016 (Fort Worth, TX)
Carnival of Venice - January 23 - February 9, 2016 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 7, 2016 (St. Paul, MN)
Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
The Astrological Sign for February 1 is an Aquarius.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:
Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue
The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.
1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960) (Gone With the Wind)
1948 – Rick James, American musician and composer (d. 2004) (funk music)
1965 – Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer and actress, and only child of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.
1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian
1971 – Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter)
1997 – Herb Caen, American columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years (b. 1916)
2003 – Michael P. Anderson, American Astronaut (b. 1959)
2003 – David Brown, American Astronaut (b. 1956)
2003 – Kalpana Chawla, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
2003 – Laurel Clark, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
2003 – Rick Husband, American Astronaut (b. 1957)
2003 – Willie McCool, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
2003 – Ilan Ramon, Israeli Astronaut (b. 1954)
2013 – Ed Koch, American lawyer and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (b. 1924)
The quote above is from Herb Caen, who was born in 1916 and died on this day in 1997. He was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years. We lived in San Francisco for a year at the Presidio, when it was still an Army base. I still adore San Francisco, and try to visit as often as I can.
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
February is Great American Pies Month and Berry Fresh Month! The Holidays and Observances Recipe for February 1, is a Berry Crumble Pie, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.
This Day in History
1709 – Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
1790 – The Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time in New York City
1861 – Texas secedes from the United States during the American Civil War
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (National Freedom Day)
1865 - General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
1893 - Thomas Edison completes the worlds 1st movie studio in West Orange New Jersey
1898 -1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
1906 - 1st federal penitentiary building is completed in Leavenworth, Kansas
1920 - 1st commercial armored car introduced
1920 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police form
1951 - 1st telecast of an atomic explosion
1958 - 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
1958 - Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
1965 - Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC's nightly news
1968 - Former VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
1976 - Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
1978 - Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was the granddaughter of William Randolph Heart, and at age 19, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)
1982 -Late Night With David Letterman, debuts on NBC-TV
2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
2005 - Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage
This Day in Music
1949 - RCA introduces the the 45 RPM record which become known as "singles". It's 7
inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional albums,
providing better sound quality.
1964 - The Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand hits #1, and stays on top for seven weeks
1969 - Tommy James & the Shondells' Crimson and Clover hits #1
1969 - Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1971- The Love Story soundtrack album is certified gold.
1979 - Blondie's Heart Of Glass is certified platinum in the UK
1984 - The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose's soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: "Footloose" and "Let's Hear it For the Boy."
1985 - The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's Miami Vice.
1988 - The Cars disband.
This Day in Sports
1914 - NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
1970 - Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Hall of Fame
1992 - Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 mil)
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. A small, round, hot variety of chili pepper, Capsicum annuum, which rattles when dry. 2. A knob at the end of a cannon, cast onto the gunbarrel, to which ropes are attached in order to control recoil.
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