For only being a month of 28 days (every three years), the month of February has a lot to it.
In a normal February, viewers would be able to enjoy the Super Bowl (Go Chiefs), the Grammys and the Oscars on consecutive Sundays depending on the order. This year, in a COVID-world, both the Grammy and Oscars got moved to the spring.
February, of course is also African American History Month, which started out as a week in 1926, but President Gerald R. Ford expanded it to a month in 1976. February was chosen because it was the birthday month of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. While most people know Lincoln’s accomplishments, Douglass was a civil rights activist who escaped slavery and became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War.
What about the day celebrations you ask? Of course, there’s Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, President’s Day on Feb. 15 and Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17.
Yet, did you know Feb. 15 was also National Wisconsin Day? It was first proclaimed in 2019 by Gov. Tony Evers as a way to “celebrate hardworking Wisconsinites who came before us to create a state where everyone can work, live and play.”
If that doesn’t suffice, how about Feb. 9, which besides National Bagel and Lox Day, is National Pizza Day? According to nationaldaycalendar.com, 17 percent of all U.S. restaurants are pizzerias and over three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.
Another day I could get behind, Feb. 24, otherwise known as National Tortilla Chip Day, which I have had more than a few in my life. Mentalfloss.com states nachos were invented in 1943 by Ignacio Anaya, a maitre’d from Mexico, who went to his kitchen and began cutting up tortillas, which he then topped with cheese and jalapeno peppers to serve some hungry guests.
All right, if celebrating the State of Wisconsin, pizza or tortilla chips doesn’t do it for you, how about Feb. 28, which is known as National Public Sleeping Day.
It was cute reading what Nationaldaycalendar.com thought of as the top five places for public sleeping (from five to one): under a tree in a park, the mall in the middle of the work week, the reference aisle of the library, last pew in church during services and a theater showing old, silent movies.
To complete the search, I googled famous celebrities (non-Presidents) born in February and I got the following:
Rosa Parks, born Feb. 4, 1913.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, born Feb. 7, 1867.
Thomas Edison, born Feb. 11, 1846.
Michael Jordan, born Feb. 17, 1963.
George Washington, born Feb. 22, 1732.
Elizabeth Taylor, born Feb. 27, 1932.
I know I’m forgetting more celebrities and there where way more celebrations that popped up when I searched. Just a sampling of what makes February great.