World Marriage Day - February 11, 2018 (Second Sunday in February)
2018 Weekly Holidays that include February 11, are:
Celebration of Love Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week in February)
Children of Alcoholics Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week in February)
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week - February 7-14
Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week - February 7-14
International Flirting Week - February 11-17, 2018
International Friendship Week - February 11-17, 2018
International Week of Black Women In the Arts - February 7-15
Jell-O Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week of February)
Love Makes the World Go Round, but Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week - February 8-14
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week - February 11-17, 2018 - Second Week of February
National Marriage Week USA - February 7-14
National Salute to Veteran Patients - February 11-17, 2018 (Week of February 14 - Valentine's Day)
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week in February)
Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 11-17, 2018
Risk Awareness Week - February 7-14
Shrovetide - February 11-13, 2018 (Shrove Tuesday, and the Two Days Preceding it)
Take Your Family to School Week - February 11-17, 2018
2018 Monthly Holidays that include February 11, 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!
Carnival of Venice - January 27 - February 13, 2018 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
Yukon Quest - Starts February 3, 2018 - February 16, 2018 (approx) This is a 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Anchorage, Alaska. (Race is typically 10-14 days long)
Carnival (Rio de Janeiro) - February 9-14, 2018
Winter Olympics XXIII - February 9 - 25, 2018 (Held in PyeongChang, China)
Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - February 10, 2018 - March 4, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)
The Astrological Sign for February 11 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.
1812 – Alexander Hamilton Stephens, American politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America and 50th Governor of Georgia (d. 1883)
1847 – Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor of the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, electric light bulb (d. 1931)
1917 – Sidney Sheldon, American author (d. 2007)
1926 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (The Poseidon Adventure, Airplane, The Naked Gun) (d. 2010)
1936 – Burt Reynolds, American actor (Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights)
1962 – Sheryl Crow, American musician
1964 – Sarah Palin, American politician and 9th Governor of Alaska
1969 – Jennifer Aniston, American actress (Friends, Office Space, Bruce Almighty, The Break Up, Marley and Me)
1972 – Kelly Slater, American surfer
1979 – Brandy, American singer and actress
2006 – Peter Benchley, American author of Jaws, The Deep, and The Island (b. 1940)
2010 – Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer (b. 1969)
2012 – Whitney Houston, American singer, actress (The Bodyguard), model and producer (b. 1963)
R.I.P. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You, from the movie, The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner
Famous Weddings and Divorces
1965 - Ringo Starr marries his first wife, Maureen Cox
2000 - Diana Ross officially divorces her husband, Norwegian businessman Arne Naess
Quote of the Day
Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. He invented the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb. He has many great quotes. He has another couple of great quotes relative to the one above: "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work" and "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up". The word, Perseverance, comes to my mind!
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 11, is a Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits. (link opens in her website)
This Day in History
1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin
1794 – First session of United States Senate open to the public.
1809 - Robert Fulton patents steamboat
1854 - Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1878 - The 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
1916 – Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
1936 - Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
1942 - "Archie" comic book debuts
1943 – General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe, during World War II
1963 - CIA Domestic Operations Division created
1963 - Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.