February 11

February 11 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on February 11, include:

  • Be Electrific Day 
  • Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day 
  • Get Out Your Guitar Day 
  • Make A Friend's Day 
  • National Inventor's Day 
  • National Make a Friend Day 
  • National Shut-in Visitation Day 
  • Peppermint Patty Day 
  • Pro Sports Wives Day 
  • Satisfied Staying Single Day 
  • White T Shirt Day 
  • World Day of the Sick 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 11, are:

  • American Camp Week - February 9-12, 2016
  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week - February 7-13, 2016
  • Celebration of Love Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Children of Alcoholics Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Week Before Valentines Day)
  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Week of February)
  • Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week - February 7-14
  • International Friendship Week - February 10-14, 2016
  • International Petroleum Week - February 9-11, 2016
  • International Week of Black Women In the Arts - February 7-15
  • Jell-O Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week of February)
  • Just Say No to Power Point Week - February 7-12, 2016
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - March 24, 2016
  • Love Makes the World Go Round, but Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week - February 8-14
  • National Green Week - February 9-15, 2016
  • National Marriage Week USA - February 7-14
  • National Secondhand Wardrobe Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Risk Awareness Week - February 7-14

2016 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.


  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
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Yukon Quest - Starts February 6, 2016 - February 20, 2016 (approx) This is a 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Anchorage, Alaska. (Race is typically 10-14 days long)

Astrological Sign

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.

Famous Birthdays

  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • 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.

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.
  • 1971 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • 1973 – Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1997 – Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope

This Day in Music

  • 1942 – The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for Chattanooga Choo Choo.
  • 1964 - The Beatles play their first US concert at the Washington Coliseum, in Washington, DC. The setlist includes, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving, and Twist And Shout.
  • 1967 - The Monkees' album More of the Monkees hits #1
  • 1967 - The Turtles, Happy Together is released
  • 1979 - ABC airs their TV-movie Elvis, starring Kurt Russell.
  • 1983 - Bob Seger's The Distance is certified platinum.
  • 2007 - Dixie Chicks take home five awards during the 49th Grammy Awards.

The Dixie Chicks, are an all Female, American Country Music group. One of my favorite songs of theirs, is Cowboy Take Me Away, shown above.  I also love their, Wide Open Spaces song.

This Day in Sports

  • 1928 - 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1966 - San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
  • 1969 - Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • 1984 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • 1986 - Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
  • 1987 - England beat Australia 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
  • 1989 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • 1990 - James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown
  • 1990 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • 1995 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

gourmandise (verb)

1. To eat food in a gluttonous manner; to gorge; to make a pig of oneself.

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