February 21

February 21 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2022 Daily Holidays that fall on February 21, include:

  • Card Reading Day 
  • Daisy Gatson Bates Day - February 21, 2022 (State Holiday in Arkansas)
  • International Mother Language Day 
  • National Grain Free Day 
  • National Sticky Bun Day 
  • President's Day - February 21, 2022 (Third Monday in February)
  • Washington's Birthday - February 21, 2022 (Third Monday in February). Some State and Local Governments refer to this day as President's Day. His Actual Birthday is on February 22

2022 Weekly Holidays that include February 21, are:

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Build a Better Trade Show Image Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Third Full Week in February)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - February 18-21, 2022
  • Love Teaching Week - February 14-21
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 17, 2022)
  • Museum Advocacy Days - February 21-22, 2022 (Last Mon/Tues in February)
  • National Condom Week - February 14-21
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Last Week in February)
  • National Engineer's Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Third Full Week in February)
  • National FFA Week - February 19-26, 2022 (Runs Saturday to Saturday and has February 22, George Washington's birthday in the week)
  • National Green Week - February 6 - April 30, 2022 (Start First Full Week in February to April 30)
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Begins on the Fourth Week in February)
  • National Nestbox Week - February 14-21
  • National Sauna Week - February 20-26, 2022 (Last Full Week of February)
  • NCCDP Alzheimer's & Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
  • Through with the Chew (Chewing Tobacco) - February 20-26, 2022 (Third Full Week in February)

2022 Monthly Holidays that include February 21, 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.

NOTE:

  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
(Date Order)

  • 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! 2022 dates are January 5 - February 28, 2022. Some pre-events are starting on December 23, 2021
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - January 29 - March 6, 2022, Parade on February 19, 2022
  • Yukon Quest - Per their website, "In 2022, the Yukon Quest will be running 4 races, YQ300 (starts February 19th) & YQ100 (starts February 19th) in the Yukon, and the YQ550 (starts February 5th) and YQ200 (starts February 7th) in Alaska.  The four races will run over 1,000 miles through 11 communities in Alaska and Yukon, following historic Northern travel routes"
  • Carnival of Venice - February 12, 2022 - March 1, 2022 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 21 is Pisces.


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

Birthstone

The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.


Famous Birthdays

  • 1924 – Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe 1987–present
  • 1927 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist (d. 1996)
  • 1934 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (The Golden Girls) (d. 2010)
  • 1946 – Tyne Daly, American actress (Cagney & Lacey)
  • 1955 – Kelsey Grammer, American actor (Frasier)
  • 1958 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer
  • 1963 – William Baldwin, American actor
  • 1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and singer (Party of Five, Ghost Whisperer)
  • 1987 – Ashley Greene, American model and actress (Twilight)


Famous Deaths

  • 1945 - Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic gold in1924), dies at 43
  • 1965 – Malcolm X, Multi-Racial American civil rights leader assassinated in NYC at 39 (b. 1925)
  • 2008 – Sunny Lowry, first British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2018 - Billy Graham, American evangelist (b. 1918)
  • 2019 - Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees) (b. 1942)


Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1952 - Liz Taylor's 2nd marriage to Michael Wilding


Quote of the Day


Erma Bombeck, an American humorist was born on this day in 1927, and passed away on April 22, 1996.  She wrote a newspaper column from the mid 1960's until the late 1990 that described suburban home life and motherhood, which was published in over 900 newspapers, and read by 30 million people. She also wrote 15 books with most of them becoming bestsellers.


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

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 21, is an Easy Chicken Soup Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 21, is an Easy Chicken Soup Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.


This Day in History

  • 1431 - England begins trial against Joan of Arc
  • 1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
  • 1857 - US issues flying eagle cents
  • 1874 – The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.
  • 1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut (one page with 50 names!)
  • 1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.


Marlene Storz, standing in front of the Washington Monument

This is a picture of my daughter in law, Marlene, standing in front of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. during a trip her and my son, Ryan took in Nov. 2009. The Washington Monument was dedicated on this day in 1885!

Photo Credit: Ryan 

More happenings on this day:

  • 1887 - Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday
  • 1902 - Dr Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, does his 1st brain operation
  • 1915 - World's Fair in San Francisco opens
  • 1925The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • 1931 - Alka Seltzer is introduced
  • 1948 – NASCAR is incorporated
  • 1972 - Richard Nixon becomes the 1st US president to visit China
  • 1995 – Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.


This Day in Music

  • 1972 - Climax' Precious and Few is certified gold
  • 1975 - John Lennon releases Rock 'n' Roll album
  • 1979 - The Dire Straits album is certified gold
  • 1979 - Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? is certified gold
  • 1990 - Paul McCartney receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy's.
  • 2008 - Crystal Gayle is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2011 - Lady Gaga performs the first of two shows at Madison Square Garden that will make up the footage of her HBO concert special in May.



Flash back to Junior High for Climax' Precious and Few that was certified gold in 1972!  Loved this song...his fringed white shirt, not so much!!


This Day in Sports

  • 1931 - Chicago White Sox & New York Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • 1952 - Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • 1968 - Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
  • 1976 – The inaugural Winter Paralympic Games opened in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
  • 1983 - Donald Davis runs 1 mile backwards in 6 m 7.1 seconds
  • 1992 - Kristi Yamaguchi of the US wins Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating


Word of the Day from Wiktionary

jump the shark (verb)

1. (idiomatic, of a television program or other narrative) To undergo a storyline development which heralds a fundamental and generally disappointing change in direction.
2. (more generally) To experience a decline in quality, appeal, popularity, etc.

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