February 12

February 12 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

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2016 Daily Holidays that fall on February 12, include:

  • Darwin Day 
  • Lincoln's Birthday 
  • NAACP Day 
  • National Lost Penny Day 
  • National Plum Pudding Day 
  • Oglethorpe Day 
  • Safety Pup Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 12, 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)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2016
  • Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week - February 7-14
  • International Friendship Week - February 10-14, 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 12, 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 12 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

  • 1775 – Louisa Adams, First Lady of the United States (1825–1829), widow of John Quincy Adams (d. 1852)
  • 1809 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist (d. 1882)
  • 1809 – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-his death) (d. 1865)
  • 1915 – Lorne Greene, Canadian actor (Bonanza) (d. 1987)
  • 1952 – Michael McDonald, American musician (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, solo)
  • 1956 – Arsenio Hall, American actor and talk show host
  • 1959 – Sigrid Thornton, Australian actress (The Man from Snowy River, American TV series Paradise)
  • 1968 – Josh Brolin, American actor
  • 1968 – Chynna Phillips, American singer (Wilson Phillips)
  • 1980 – Christina Ricci, American actress

Famous Deaths

  • 1971 – James C. Penney, American department store founder (b. 1875)
  • 2000 – Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys) (b. 1924)
  • 2000 – Charles M. Schulz, American comics author of Peanuts (b. 1922)

Quote of the Day

Charles M. Schulz, the American comics author of Peanuts, who was born in 1922, died on February 12, 2000. I grew up reading the Peanuts comics, and watching the Peanuts TV specials. Over the nearly 50 years that Peanuts was published, Schulz drew more than 18,000 strips. At its height, Peanuts was published daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, in 21 languages.

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 12, is a Healthy Banana Cake, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 12, is a Healthy Banana Cake, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits, in honor of February being Bake for Family Fun Month.

This Day in History

  • 1793 - 1st US fugitive slave law passed which requires the return of escaped slaves
  • 1851 – Edward Hargraves announces that he has found gold in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, starting the Australian gold rush.
  • 1855 – Michigan State University is established.
  • 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
  • 1914 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place
  • 1921 - Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
  • 1934 – The Austrian Civil War begins.
  • 1938 - German troops entered Austria
  • 1949 - Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • 1987 - Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • 1999 – President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
  • 2004 – The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

This Day in Music

  • 1955 - The McGuire Sisters' Sincerely hits #1
  • 1960 - Pat Boone's album Pat's Great Hits is certified gold
  • 1961 - The Miracles' Shop Around is certified gold
  • 1966 - Simon and Garfunkel's Homeward Bound is released
  • 1972 - Al Green's Let's Stay Together hits #1
  • 1972 - Roundabout by Yes, is released
  • 1973 -Elton John's album Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player is certified gold
  • 1977 - Barbra Streisand's soundtrack album A Star Is Born hits #1
  • 1994 - Celine Dion's, The Power of Love Hits #1 on the US singles chart (Her first US #1)
  • 1995 - Van Halen, scored their first US #1 album with Balance.
  • 1997 - David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, outside the Hollywood Galaxy Theatre
  • 2000 - Mariah Carey's Thank God I Found You hits #1
  • 2009 - Art Garfunkel makes a surprise appearance at a Paul Simon concert for a three song set in New York's recently refurbished Beacon Theater.

In my top 10 favorite songs of all time, you will find Al Green's, Lets Stay Together that hit #1 on this day, back in 1972.

This Day in Sports

  • 1876 - Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • 1879 - The 1st artificial ice rink in North America is built in Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1949 - Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • 1964 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
    1964 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • 1982 - Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, tieing NHL record
  • 1991 - North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • 1994 - 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
  • 1995 - Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

snappish (adjective)

1. Exhibiting irritation or impatience; curt; irascible.

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