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February 6, 2013

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – 2/6/13

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:22 am


February is such a unique month.  It is the shortest month of all with only 28 days and 29 days every 4 years.  According to tradition, Augustus, the Roman Emperor took one day off February to add one day to August, the month named after him.


February is annually very cold in the northern half of the world.  The second day of February is often referred to as Ground Hog Day.  The story is told that the ground-hog comes out of its burrow to look for its shadow.  If there is no sunshine and he sees his shadow he goes back to sleep and there will be more winter time.


Valentine’s Day is a favorite day for lovers and sweethearts.  Traditionally we usually receive cards, candy and flowers from those special people that we love.


The third Monday in February is President’s Day.  Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were born in February.


The birthstone for February is amethyst and the primrose is the flower for the month of February.


Famous people who were born during the month of February are Felix Mendelssohn, Horace Greeley, Charles Lindbergh, Dwight L. Moody, Babe Ruth, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, John Barrymore, Galileo, Susan B. Anthony, Elihu Root, Jefferson Davis, John Glenn, Richard Nixon, George Fridric Handel and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


Other trivial facts were that Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II of Great Brittain in February 1952.  The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated in 1930.

 Thirty days hath September

April, June and November

All the rest have thirty-one

Excepting February alone

Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine

Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.


This February has only 28 days but let us live them all on the bright side.




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