February 9

February 9 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on February 9, include:

  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day - February 9, 2016 - Second Tuesday in February)
  • Extraterrestrial Visitor Day - February 9, 2016 (Second Tuesday in February)
  • International Pancake Day - February 9, 2016
  • National Bagels and Lox Day 
  • National Kite Flying Day 
  • National Stop Bullying Day
  • National Toothache Day 
  • Paczki Day - February 9, 2016 (always Shrove Tuesday)
  • Pizza Pie Day 
  • Read in the Bathtub Day 
  • Safer Internet Day - February 9, 2016
  • Shrove Tuesday - February 9, 2016

2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 9, are:

  • American Camp Week - February 9-12, 2016
  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week - February 7-13, 2016
  • Celebration of Love Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Children of Alcoholics Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Week Before Valentines Day)
  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Week of February)
  • Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week - February 7-14
  • International Petroleum Week - February 9-11, 2016
  • International Week of Black Women In the Arts - February 7-15
  • Jell-O Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week of February)
  • Just Say No to Power Point Week - February 7-12, 2016
  • Love Makes the World Go Round, but Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week - February 8-14
  • National Green Week - February 9-15, 2016
  • National Marriage Week USA - February 7-14
  • National Secondhand Wardrobe Week - February 7-13, 2016 (Second Full Week in February)
  • Risk Awareness Week - February 7-14

2016 Monthly Holidays that include February 9, 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! 2016 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2016
  • Carnival of Venice - January 23 - February 9, 2016 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 5-10, 2016 - 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.
  • 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)
  • Losar - February 8-10, 2016 - 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.
  • Mardi Gras Carnival - February 9, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 9 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

  • 1737 – Thomas Paine, English radical liberal philosopher, American revolutionary (d. 1809)
  • 1773 – William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (d. 1841)
  • 1942 – Carole King, American singer
  • 1943 – Joe Pesci, American actor (Home Alone, Lethal Weapon)
  • 1945 – Mia Farrow, American actress
  • 1949 - Judith Light, American actress (Who's the Boss, One Life to Live)
  • 1963 - Travis Tritt, American Country Music Singer

Famous Deaths

  • 2002 - Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • 2010 - Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1864 - Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon
  • 1957 - Irish Actor Richard Harris marries Elizabeth Rees
  • 1989 - NBA Basketball player Charles Barkley marries Maureen Blumhardt

Quote of the Day

Thomas Paine, of the American revolutionary was born on this day in 1737.

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

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 9 is Zach's Gourmet Pizza Recipe by Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits, in honor of February 9 being Pizza Pie Day.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 9 is Zach's Gourmet Pizza Recipe by Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits, in honor of February 9 being Pizza Pie Day. (link goes to her website for recipe)

This Day in History

  • 1775 – During the American Revolutionary War. the British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1788 - Austria declares war on Russia
  • 1825 – After no presidential candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the U.S. House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams President of the United States
  • 1863 - The Fire extinguisher is patented by Alanson Crane
  • 1870 – President Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau
  • 1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1904 - Japan declares war on Russia
  • 1909 - 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • 1909 - 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
  • 1918 - U.S. Army chaplain school organizes at Ft Monroe, Virginia
  • 1942 - Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • 1964 - GI Joe character created
  • 1965 – Vietnam War: The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1969 – First test flight of the Boeing 747.

This Day in Music

  • 1957 - Elvis Presley's Too Much hits #1
  • 1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before an audience of 73 million viewers.
  • 1970 - Sly and the Family Stone's Thank You is certified gold
  • 1970 - Simon and Garfunkel's album Bridge Over Troubled Water is certified gold
  • 1974 - The Love Unlimited Orchestra's Love Theme hits #1
  • 1974 - Hall and Oates' She's Gone enters the pop charts
  • 1975 - The variety show Cher, meant to take the place of the old Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, debuts on CBS with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
  • 1985 - Madonna's Like A Virgin  hits #1 on the US album chart

Above, is Hall and Oates, She's Gone song, one of my favorites of theirs. They were one of my favorites through High School and College.  I didn't realize this, but they are the world's best-selling musical duo!

This Day in Sports

  • 1895 - Volleyball is invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 1900 – The Davis Cup competition is established by Dwight Davis
  • 1932 - America enters the Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • 1940 - Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1964 - 9th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1974 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
    1974 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
  • 1976 - Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's the Hall of Fame
  • 1991 - Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him
  • 1997 - Scotty Bowman, is the 1st NHL coach to win 1,000 games

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

set the Thames on fire (verb)

1. (idiomatic) To achieve something amazing; to do something which brings great public acclaim.

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