Rheumatoid Awareness Day - It's purpose is to help make people aware of organ damage, and other complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis that go beyond joint problems. (see Note 3)
Sled Dog Day
World Play Your Ukulele Day
World Wetlands Day
2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 2, are:
Burn Awareness Week - February 1-7, 2016
Catholic Schools Week - January 31, 2016 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
Children's Authors & Illustrators Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016
International Hoof Care Week - February 2-5, 2016
International Networking Week - February 1-5, 2016
National Meat Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016 (Begins on last Sunday of January)
National Patient Recognition Week - February 1-7
National School Counseling Week - February 1-5, 2016
Pride in Food Services Week - February 1-5, 2016 (First Full Workweek of February)
Publicity for Profit Week - February 2-8
Solo Diners Eat Out Week - February 1-7
Women's Heart Week - February 1-7
World Interfaith Harmony Week - February 1-7 (First Week of February)
World Leprosy Week - January 31 - February 6, 2016
2016 Monthly Holidays that include February 2, 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.
Thanks so much to Stacey R. for letting us know about Rheumatoid Awareness Day. It was first started on February 2, 2013, by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, and will be observed annually on this day.
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
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show - January 15 - February 6, 2016 (Fort Worth, TX)
Carnival of Venice - January 23 - February 9, 2016 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival - January 28 - February 7, 2016 (St. Paul, MN)
Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
The Astrological Sign for February 2 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.
1887 – Pat Sullivan, Australian cartoonist, pioneer animator and film producer (Felix the Cat) (d. 1933)
1895 – George Halas, American NFL co-founder (d. 1983)
1897 – Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
1937 – Tom Smothers, American musician and comedian (The Smothers Brothers)
1942 – Graham Nash, English-American musician (The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
1947 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
1954 – Christie Brinkley, American model
1977 – Shakira, Colombian singer
1804 – George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
1987 – Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922) Three of his books were made into successful films - The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and Where Eagles Dare.
1992 – Bert Parks, American television host, best known for hosting the annual Miss America telecast from 1955 to 1979 (b. 1914)
1996 – Gene Kelly, American dancer, actor, and director (b. 1912)
2013 – Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL, deadliest sniper in United States military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed kills) (b. 1974)
Not a Quote Today, but a Recommended Book. This is a book that I would love to read. R.I.P. - Chris Kyle
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
February 2, is Heavenly Hash Day, which is actually a desert with marshmallows that you can make into ice cream, brownies and add fruit if you choose. Unfortunately, Kerry hasn't made that recipe yet, so I've chosen her Simple Hash Recipe as the Holidays and Observances February 2, Recipe of the Day. (link opens a new browser in her Healthy Diet Habits website) Hash is a one-pan meal that has all ingredients chopped into small pieces, and then stir-fried together in a bit of oil. It is a great recipe to modify, and include ingredients that you love!
This Day in History
1811 - Russian settlers establish the Ft Ross trading post, north of San Francisco
1848 – During the California Gold Rush, the first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
1863 - Samuel Clemens takes up the pen name of Mark Twain for the 1st time
1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed
1892 - Bottle cap with cork seal patented by William Painter (Baltimore)
1899 – The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital city, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne. (Kerry and I actually lived in Canberra, Australia when we were growing up and our Dad who was in the Army was stationed there!)
1901 - Female Army Nurse Corps established as a permanent organization
1913 – Grand Central Terminal is opened in New York City.
1922 - It was 2:22:22 on 2/2/22
1926 - 3 men dance Charleston for 22 hours
1932 - Al Capone is sent to prison in Atlanta, Georgia
1933 - 2 days after becoming Chancellor, Adolf Hitler dissolves Parliament
1935 - Lie detector is 1st used in court in Portage, Wisconsin
1943 - Battle of Stalingrad ends with final surrender of the German army, the turning point in WW II
1962 - 8 of 9 planets align for 1st time in 400 years
1964 - GI Joe, debuts as a popular American boy's toy
1974 – The F-16 Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31
elected & public officials for bribes for political favors
This Day in Music
1940 - Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
1959 - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour
1974 - Barbra Streisand's The Way We Were hits #1
1991 - Sting scores his second UK #1 album with The Soul Cages
1999 - Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 - Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with All I Have
2011 - The White Stripes break up - reason given was, "mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way".
This Day in Sports
Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago,
Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
1892 - Longest boxing match under modern rules; 77 rounds in Nameoki, Illinois between Harry Sharpe & Frank Crosby
1913 - NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe
1964 - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins are selected to Hall of Fame
1967 - Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
1972 - Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
1975 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
1975 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
1985 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. (transitive) To impose a fine on; to fine.
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