February 16

February 16 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

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2018 Daily Holidays that fall on February 16, include:

  • Chinese New Year - February 16, 2018
  • Daytona Pole Day - February 16, 2018
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • Elizabeth Peratrovich Day - (Local Observance in Alaska)
  • Innovation Day
  • Kyoto Protocol Day 
  • Lunar New Year - February 16, 2018
  • National Almond Day 
  • National Tartar Sauce Day - February 16, 2018 (First Friday during Lent)
  • World Information Architecture Day - February 16, 2018 (Third Friday in February)

2018 Weekly Holidays that include February 16, are:

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
  • American Association For the Advancement of Science Week - February 15-19, 2018
  • 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)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 16-19, 2018
  • International Flirting Week - February 11-17, 2018
  • International Friendship Week - February 11-17, 2018
  • Jell-O Week - February 11-17, 2018 (Second Full Week of February)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018 - March 29, 2018
  • Love a Mensch Week - February 12-18, 2018
  • Love Teaching Week - February 14-21, 2018
  • Love Your Data Week - February 12-16, 2018
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 1, 2018)
  • National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week - February 11-17, 2018 - Second Week of February
  • National Condom Week - February 14-21
  • National Date Week (Fruit) - February 16-25, 2018
  • National Green Week - February 12-18, 2018
  • 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)
  • NCCDP Alzheimer's & Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 11-17, 2018
  • Take Your Family to School Week - February 11-17, 2018

2018 Monthly Holidays that include February 16, 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! 
  • 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)
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - February 10, 2018 - March 4, 2018 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Winter Olympics XXIII - February 9 - 25, 2018 (Held in PyeongChang, China)
  • Simplot Games - February 15-17, 2018 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • Losar - February 16-18, 2018 - The Tibetan New Year, a three day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices that include prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, as well as sacred and folk dancing and partying. The first day is the most important. (Buddhist)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 16 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 – Henry Wilson, American politician, 18th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1903 – Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (d. 1978)
  • 1909 – Richard McDonald, American fast food entrepreneur, who established the first McDonald's restaurant along with his brother in San Bernardino, California (d. 1998)
  • 1918 – Patty Andrews, American singer, member of Andrews Sisters (d. 2013)
  • 1935 - Sonny Bono, American entertainer (Sonny & Cher), politician (d. 1998)
  • 1936 – Jill Kinmont, American skier (d.2012)
  • 1952 - James Ingram  American singer, pianist and composer
  • 1957 – LeVar Burton, American actor (Roots, Star Trek - The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow)
  • 1959 – John McEnroe, American tennis player

Famous Deaths

  • 2012 – Gary Carter, American Hall of Fam baseball catcher (b. 1954)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1982 - Lee Majors & Farrah Fawcett Majors divorce
  • 1989 - Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden separate after 16 years of marriage

Quote of the Day

LeVar Burton was born on this day in 1957.  He was an American actor who starred in Roots and the Star Trek - The Next Generation movie. He went on to host the  Reading Rainbow, a children's television show that ran from 1983 to 2006. Reading Rainbow  won a Peabody Award and twenty-six Emmy Awards, ten of which were in the "Outstanding Children's Series" category.

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

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 16, is a Pork Stir Fry Recipe from Kerry, at Healthy Diet Habits

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 16, is a Pork Stir Fry Recipe from Kerry, at Healthy Diet Habits.  February 16, is National Almond Day, so you can serve this meal with some slivered almonds on top!

This Day in History

  • 1741 - Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine, begins publishing. It is the 2nd US Magazine
  • 1878 – Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender
  • 1883 - Ladies Home Journal begins publishing
  • 1909 - The 1st subway car with side doors goes into service in New York City
  • 1914 - 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
  • 1923 – Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun. (King Tut)
  • 1937 – Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
  • 1946 - The 1st commercially designed helicopter is tested in Bridgeport Connecticut
  • 1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
  • 1962 – Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people.
  • 1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
  • 2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

This Day in Music

  • 1963 - The Beatles' Please Please Me hit #1 in the UK
  • 1968 - Elvis Presley receives gold record for How Great Thou Art
  • 1974 - Bob Dylan's album Planet Waves hits #1
  • 1974 - Elton John, Bennie And The Jets is released (video below)
  • 1997 - Michael Jackson sings Elizabeth I Love You, which he wrote for the actress Elizabeth Taylor, at her 65th birthday celebration
  • 2011 - Lady GaGa's Born This Way, becomes the Billboard Hot 100 chart's, 1000th number one.

This Day in Sports

  • 1936 - 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1970 - Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1972 - 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games during a game with Phoenix Suns)
  • 1984 - Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • 2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004-2005 regular season and playoffs.
  • 1991 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

treknobabble (noun)

1. A kind of technobabble particular to the Star Trek universe, with a particularly heavy emphasis on configurations of pseudoscientific particles and waves.

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