World Marriage Day - February 14, 2016 (Second Sunday in February)
2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 14, are:
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week - February 13-19
Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2016
Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week - February 7-14
International Flirting Week - February 14-20
International Friendship Week - February 10-14, 2016
International Week of Black Women In the Arts - February 7-15
Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - March 24, 2016
Love a Mensch Week - February 14-20, 2016
Love Makes the World Go Round, but Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week - February 8-14
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week - February 14-20, 2016 - Second Week of February
National Green Week - February 9-15, 2016
National Marriage Week USA - February 7-14
NCCDP Alzheimer's & Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 14-20, 2016
Risk Awareness Week - February 7-14
2016 Monthly Holidays that include February 14, 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 moveable 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)
NBA All-Star 2016 - February 14, 2016
The Astrological Sign for February 14 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
See our new GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!
The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.
1818 – Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist (d. 1895)
1859 - George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer/inventor of the Ferris Wheel
1934 – Florence Henderson, American actress (Brady Bunch)
1942 – Michael Bloomberg, American media mogul and Mayor of New York City
1946 – Gregory Hines, American dancer and actor (White Nights, Taps) (d. 2003)
1956 - Ken Wahl, Chicago IL, actor (Wanderers, Wiseguy)
1972 – Rob Thomas, American musician (Matchbox Twenty)
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
The Holidays and Observances Recipe(s) of the day for February 14th, (Valentine's Day), is a bunch of different options for Healthy Fruit Desserts from Kerry at Health Diet Habits. The ever famous Chocolate Covered Strawberries and a Fruit Salad.
See our FOOD HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating food!
See our Holiday Food page for tips on healthy holiday food traditions in general, and for some sample meal plan ideas for some of the most popular holidays.
This Day in History
1779 – James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
1859 – Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone
1899 – Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections
1903 – The United States Department of Commerce and Labor is established
1912 – Arizona is admitted as the 48th U.S. State
1919 - United Parcel Service forms
1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1959 - $3.6 million heroin seizure in NYC
1962 – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House
1971 - Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
1989 - The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit.
This Day in Music
1966 - Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds Of Silence is certified gold
1967 - Aretha Franklin, Respect is recorded
1978 - Dire Straits begins recording its first album in London.
1978 : Songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, appear on The Muppet Show to perform Song I Like to Sing from their first album of duets, Full Moon
1983 - Patti Austin and James Ingram's Baby, Come To Me hits #1
1998 - Madonna performs at New York nightclub the Roxy. It is her first club performance in more than 10 years
1998 - Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On set a new record for the
most radio plays in the US with 116 million plays in one week.
1999 - Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK #1 hit with Fly Away
2000 - Kiss announces their farewell tour
2001 - Fox debuts Barbra Streisand: Timeless, a film of her farewell concert.
This Day in Sports
1951 - Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title
1952 - The 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
1966 - Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
1980 - 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
1988 - Bobby Allison at age 50, becomes oldest driver to win Daytona 500
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. (intransitive, of an unmarried person) To run away secretly for the purpose of getting married with one's intended spouse; to marry in a quick or private fashion, especially without a public period of engagement.
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