February 26

February 26 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2017 Daily Holidays that fall on February 26, include:

  • For Pete's Sake Day 
  • Levi Strauss Day 
  • National Bacon Day 
  • National Personal Chef's Day 
  • National Pistachio Day 
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day 
  • World Pistachio Day 

2017 Weekly Holidays that include February 26, are:

  • Jewish Book Week - February 25 - March 5, 2017
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 16, 2017)
  • National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend - February 24-26, 2017
  • National Date Week (Fruit) - February 17-26, 2017
  • National Entrepreneurship Week - February 19-26, 2017
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 19-26, 2017
  • Peace Corps Week - February 26, 2017 - March 4, 2017
  • Telecommuter Appreciation Week - February 26 - March 4, 2017
  • US Snow Shoe Days - February 23-26, 2017

2017 Monthly Holidays that include February 26, 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! 2017 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2017
  • Carnival of Venice - February 11-28, 2017 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 24 - March 1, 2017 - Carnival is the biggest festival in the world with two million people a day on the streets. Floats, Parades, Balls, Music and Dancing are all part of the Event.
  • Academy Awards Ceremony (89th) - February 26, 2017
  • Daytona 500 - February 26, 2017

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 26 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


The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829 – Levi Strauss, German-born Jewish clothing designer (d. 1902)
  • 1846 – William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, American frontiersman (d. 1917)
  • 1852 – John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and advocate (invented Kellogg's Corn Flakes with his brother) (d. 1943)
  • 1866 - Herbert Henry Dow, pioneer in US chemical industry (Dow Chemical)
  • 1920 – Tony Randall, American actor (The Odd Couple) (d. 2004)
  • 1928 – Fats Domino, American musician (Blueberry Hill)
  • 1932 - Johnny Cash, American singer/songwriter
  • 1953 – Michael Bolton, American singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1813 – Robert Livingston, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1746)
  • 1903 – Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor of the Gatling Gun (b. 1818)
  • 1959 - Lou Costello, actor (Abbott & Costello)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 2009 - Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 

Quote of the Day

Lou Costello passed away on this day in 1959.  He was famous for the Abbott and Costello show and their Who's on First?, skit above.

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

National Chili Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 26, is a Crockpot Chili Recipe from Kerry, at Healthy Diet Habits, in honor of today being National Chili Day.  You can also try these other Chili Recipes of Kerry's: (links open in her website)

This Day in History

  • 1732 - 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St Joseph's, Philadelphia
  • 1863 - Lincoln signs National Currency Act
  • 1870 - 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
  • 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park - the Grand Canyon National Park
  • 1929 – President Calvin Coolidge establishes the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  • 1930 - 1st red & green traffic lights installed in Manhattan NYC
  • 1933 - Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
  • 1936 - Hitler introduces Ferdinand Porsche's, Volkswagen
  • 1941 - Cowboys' Amateur Association of America organized in California
  • 1971 - Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • 1993 – In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand.

This Day in Music

  • 1966 : Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walkin' hits #1
  • 1975 - The Eagles' Best Of My Love hits #1
  • 1977 - The Eagles' New Kid In Town hits #1
  • 1983 - Michael Jackson's, Thriller album goes to #1 & stays there for 37 weeks
  • 1985 - Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy for the Best Male Vocal Performance award for Dancing In The Dark
  • 1985 - Chuck Berry wins a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys
  • 1996 - Quincy Jones is named MusiCares Man of the Year. Jones is the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 76 nominations and 26 statues.

This Day in Sports

  • 1935 - NY Yankees release Babe Ruth, he signs with Boston Braves
  • 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY
  • 1973 - Triple Crown horse Secretariat bought for a record $5.7m
  • 1991 - Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

apologia (noun)

1. A written defense of a position or belief.

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