Calendar

Feb
4
Sat
World Cancer Day
Feb 4 all-day

Annually, Feb 4. An international observance that seeks to take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach. WCD explores how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care, and in turn, open up to the exciting prospect that we can impact the global cancer burden— for the better.

Feb
5
Sun
Constitution Day (Mexico)
Feb 5 all-day

Constitution Day In Mexico (Día de la Constitución)  is a public holiday in Mexico which celebrates the anniversary of Mexico’s current constitution, which was promulgated on February 5, 1917.

Robert Peel’s Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 5 all-day

Robert PeelFeb 5, 1788. English Tory statesman, born at Bury, Lancashire, England, who twice served as prime minister (1834–1835; 1841– 1846). As chief secretary for Ireland (1812), Peel established the Irish constabulary known as the “Peelers.” In June 1829, Greater London’s Metropolitan Police were established by an act of Parliament at the request of Peel, then home secretary.

London police officers, who first took the streets in September 1829, became affectionately known as “bobbies.” As prime minister, he oversaw the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 in an effort to address the then-raging Irish potato famine. Sir Robert Peel died July 2, 1850, at London from injuries received in a fall from his horse.

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Weatherperson’s Day
Feb 5 all-day

Weatherperson Day Weatherperson’s Day. Commemorates the birth of one of America’s first weathermen, John Jeffries, a Boston physician who kept detailed records of weather conditions, 1774– 1816. Born at Boston, MA, Feb 5, 1744, and died there Sept 16, 1819.

Feb
6
Mon
Queen Anne Birthday
Feb 6 all-day

Queen Anne Feb 6 – Anniversary of the birthday of Queen Anne:  Queen Anne was the last of the Stuart monarchs. She was not regarded as a strong leader although she tried to be, relying on the advice of too many ministers, according to historians. She suffered from poor eyesight and poor health as well as a poor education, especially in military affairs. Despite 18 pregnancies, Queen Anne had no heirs; only one child survived past infancy. She managed to assure that Catholics would be excluded from the throne paving the way for the House of Hanover to succeed her. During Anne’s reign, two of her realms, England and Scotland, united to form Great Britain.

More information is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Queen_of_Great_Britain and http://departments.kings.edu/womens_history/anne.html.  

Image: Painting by Michael Dahl, 1705

Safer Internet Day
Feb 6 all-day

safer Internet day SAFER INTERNET DAY promotes more responsible use of online technology and cell phones, especially among younger people.  More information is available at https://www.saferinternetday.org/.

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Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
Feb 6 all-day

Waitangi Day New ZealandThe signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840 – signed with Maori and European settlers allowed development of New Zealand under British Crown.

Feb
7
Tue
Charles Dickens’ Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 7 all-day

Charles Dickens birthday anniversaryFeb 7, 1812. English novelist, publisher and social critic, born at Portsmouth, England. Among his most successful books: Oliver Twist, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and A Christmas Carol. Died at Gad’s Hill, England, June 9, 1870, and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birthday
Feb 7 all-day

Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, born 7 February 1867 at Pepin, Wisconsin, was an American writer, most notably the author of the Little House series of children’s novels based on her childhood in a pioneer family.

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Feb
8
Wed
Boy Scout Day
Feb 8 all-day

Boy Scout Day Feb 8, 1910. The Boy Scouts of America was founded at Washington, DC, by William Boyce, based on the work of Sir Robert Baden-Powell with the British Boy Scout Association.

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Mary Queen of Scots Execution – Anniversary
Feb 8 all-day

Mary Queen of Scots Execution Feb 8, 1587. Mary Stuart, the queen regent of Scotland, was beheaded at Fotheringhay, England, after being accused of plotting Queen Elizabeth I’s death. Mary, the daughter of James V of Scotland by his second wife, Mary of Guise, was born Dec 7 or 8, 1542, at Linlithgow, Scotland, and became queen a week later upon the death of her father, although she did not begin governing until after her mother’s death in 1561.

Accused of knowingly marrying the alleged murderer of her second husband, Lord Darnley, she was forced to abdicate in favor of her son (James VI) and fled to England for protection, only to find herself a prisoner for the rest of her life— a victim of Elizabethan political intrigue.

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Feb
9
Thu
Davis Cup Established
Feb 9 all-day

Davis Cup Trophy Feb 9 – The premier international team event in men’s tennis was started in 1899 by four members of the Harvard University tennis team who challenged the British to a tennis competition. The cup was named in honor of Dwight Davis, a member of the Harvard team, who supplied the first trophy. Read more at https://www.daviscup.com/.

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Pizza Day
Feb 9 all-day

Pizza Day  Picture of a pizza Celebrated on Feb. 9  – The first pizzeria opened in Naples, Italy in 1738, but now pizza is popular all over the world. Pizza is especially popular in the US where Americans consume on average 23 pounds of pizza per person each year. Read more about celebrating National Pizza Day at http://time.com/4204805/celebrate-national-pizza-day/.

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Scrabble Board Game Debut
Feb 9 all-day

Created In 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts, Scrabble had a slow start. However, the board game with letter tiles is now sold in 121 countries and is available in 29 languages. Roughly one-third of American and half of British homes have a Scrabble set.  Read more at https://www.britannica.com/topic/Scrabble.

Image: Public domain

The ‘Beatles’ Appear on the Ed Sullivan Show – Anniversary
Feb 9 all-day

Beatles on Ed Sullivan ShowFeb 9, 1964. British pop phenomenon The Beatles began the “British Invasion” of America with their appearance on America’s top television variety show. They performed five songs before a screaming studio audience of 728. The estimated viewership for that night’s show was 73 million people— making it the most-viewed US TV program in history up to that time.

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Feb
10
Fri
Plimsoll Day (UK)
Feb 10 all-day

Plimsoll DayFeb 10, 1824. A day to remember Samuel Plimsoll, “the Sailor’s Friend,” a coal merchant turned reformer and politician, who was elected to the British parliament in 1868. He attacked the practice of overloading heavily insured ships, calling them “coffin ships.” His persistence brought about amendment of Britain’s Merchant Shipping Act. The Plimsoll Line, named for him, is a line on the side of ships marking maximum load allowed by law. Born at Bristol, England; died at Folkestone, England, June 3, 1898.

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Treaty of Paris Ends French and Indian Wars – Anniversary
Feb 10 all-day

Feb 10, 1763. Known in Europe as the Seven Years’ War, this conflict ranged from North America to India, with many European nations involved. In North America, French expansion in the Ohio River Valley in the 1750s led to conflict with Great Britain. Some Indians fought alongside the French; a young George Washington fought for the British. As a result of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, France lost all claims to Canada and had to cede Louisiana to Spain. Fifteen years later, bitterness over the loss of its North American colonies to Britain contributed to France’s supporting the colonists in the American Revolution.

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Feb
11
Sat
International Day of the Sick
Feb 11 all-day

Feb 11 – WORLD DAY OF THE SICK is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church, instituted in commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.   It is a time to pray for the sick, for medical professionals, and for volunteers who serve those who are suffering.   Read more at https://www.chausa.org/prayers/prayer-library/liturgical-prayers-and-reflections/solemnities-feast-days-and-memorials/world-day-of-the-sick.

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Thomas Edison’s Birthday/Inventor’s Day
Feb 11 all-day

thomas Edison Feb 11, 1847. American inventive genius and holder of more than 1,200 patents (including the incandescent electric lamp, the phonograph, the electric dynamo and key parts of many now-familiar devices such as the movie camera and the telephone transmitter). Edison said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” His birthday is now widely observed as Inventor’s Day. Born at Milan, OH, and died at Menlo Park, NJ, Oct 18, 1931.

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Feb
12
Sun
Charles Darwin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 12 all-day

Charles Darwin Birthday Feb 12, 1809. Author and naturalist, born at Shrewsbury, England. Best remembered for his books On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life and The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Died at Down, Kent, England, Apr 19, 1882.

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NAACP Day
Feb 12 all-day

NAACP Day - NAACP Shield Feb 12, 1909. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded by W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida Wells-Barnett, among others, to wage a militant campaign against lynching and other forms of racial oppression. Its legal wing brought many lawsuits that successfully challenged segregation in the 1950s and ’60s.  Read more at http://www.naacp.org/.

Feb
13
Mon
Clean Out Your Computer Day
Feb 13 all-day

Clean out your Computer day Clean out your computer day is a day to delete those programs you never use and duplicate files. Read more.

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Dresden Firebombing – Anniversary
Feb 13 all-day
Dresden Firebombing

Dresden, Teilansicht des zerstörten Stadtzentrums über die Elbe nach der Neustadt. In der Bildmitte der Neumarkt und die Ruine der Frauenkirche.

Feb 13, 1945. Dresden, Germany. Allied firebombing caused a firestorm that destroyed the city and killed 135,000 people.

Image courtesy of Wikimediacommons.org, a partial view of the destroy center of the city, including the ruins of the Neumarkt area and the Frauenkirche.

World Radio Day
Feb 13 all-day

World Radio Day Since 2012, a global observance celebrating radio: why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe. Hundreds of radio stations and media organizations take part in the celebrations— which take place in more than 80 countries on every single continent. Annually, Feb 13.

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Feb
14
Tue
Ferris Wheel Day
Feb 14 all-day

Ferris Wheel Day Ferris Wheel Day marks the 14 February 1859 birth of George Washington Gale Ferris, American engineer and inventor, at Galesburg, Illinois. Among his many accomplishments as a civil engineer, Ferris is best remembered as the inventor of the Ferris wheel, which he developed for the World’s Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. Built on the Midway Plaisance, the 250-foot-diameter Ferris wheel (with 36 coaches, each capable of carrying 40 passengers) proved one of the greatest attractions of the fair. It was America’s answer to the Eiffel Tower of the Paris International Exposition of 1889. Ferris died at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 22 November 1896.

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