February 1

February 1 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

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 
  • Serpent 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.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. 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)

Astrological Sign

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.

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • 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)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1986 - Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Quote of the Day

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

 The Holidays and Observances Recipe for February 1, is a Berry Crumble Pie, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.

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

cascabel (noun)

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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