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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Feb
17
Mon
National PTA Founders’ Day
Feb 17 all-day

PTA Founders Day (US Stamp) Founders’ Day is a reminder of the substantial role that the PTA has played locally, regionally and nationally in supporting parent involvement and working on behalf of all children and families. It honors the PTA’s founders Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Alice McLellan Birney, and the founder of Georgia’s Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, Selena Sloan Butler.

President’s Day
Feb 17 all-day

President's Day Presidents’ Day observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12). With the adoption of the Monday Holiday Law (which moved the observance of George Washington’s birthday from Feb 22 to the third Monday in February), some of the specific significance of the event was lost and added impetus was given to the popular description of that holiday as Presidents’ Day. Present usage often regards Presidents’ Day as a day to honor all former presidents of the US, though the federal holiday is still Washington’s Birthday. Annually, the third Monday in February.

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Feb
18
Tue
Battery Day
Feb 18 all-day

Battery Day Duracell batteries Battery Day marks the birthday of the inventor Alessandro Volta on 18 February 1745.

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Pluto Day
Feb 18 all-day

NASA image of Pluto Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, Arizona on 18 February 1930. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.

Image courtesy of NASA, public domain.

Feb
19
Wed
Japanese Internment (USA)
Feb 19 all-day

Japanese Internment AnniversaryOn 19 February 1942, as a result of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, some 110,000 Japanese Americans living in coastal Pacific areas were placed in concentration camps in remote areas of Arizona, Arkansas, inland California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. The interned Japanese Americans (two-thirds of whom were US citizens) lost an estimated $ 400 million in property. They were allowed to return to their homes 2 January 1945.

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Feb
20
Thu
Ansel Adams Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 20 all-day

Ansel Adams birthday American photographer, known for his photographs of Yosemite National Park, was born at San Francisco, California on 20 February 1902. Adams died at Monterey, California on 22 April 1984. View images at http://anseladams.com/.

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World Day of Social Justice
Feb 20 all-day

World Day of social Justice World Day of Social Justice is an initiative of the United Nations General Assembly to promote efforts to solve those major problems that all countries face such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment.  Read more at http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/.

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Fat Thursday
Feb 20 @ 1:33 am – 2:33 am

Fat Thursday Feb 8 –  This traditional Catholic feast occurs on the last Thursday before Lent. The day is dedicated to eating sweets and other foods usually not eaten during Lent. Feast before Fast. In Poland and in Polish communities, it’s Paczki Day where jelly-filled donuts called “paczki” make their annual yummy appearance. More information is available at http://www.poshports.com/content/paczki-day-fat-tuesday-or-fat-thursday.

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Feb
21
Fri
International Mother Language Day
Feb 21 all-day

International Mother Language DayCelebrate your native language or that of an immigrant ancestor during International Mother Language Day.

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Malcom X Assassinated – Anniversary
Feb 21 all-day

Malcolm X assassination anniversary On 21 February 1965, just as he began a speech to his newly formed Organization of Afro-American Unity, black activist leader Malcolm X was gunned down by several men standing among the 400-plus crowd in the Audubon Ballroom at Harlem, New York City. The assassination occurred barely a week after Malcolm X’s Queens home was fire-bombed. Three men were convicted of the murder in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison (two were released in the 1980s and the third won parole in 2010).

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Feb
22
Sat
First Woolworth Store Opens – Anniversary
Feb 22 all-day

Woolworth Store Opens On 22 February 1879 the first chain store, F.W. Woolworth, opened at Utica, New York. In 1997 the closing of the chain was announced. Read more at http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/aboutwoolies.html.

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Miracle on Ice Hockey Game – Anniversary
Feb 22 all-day

Miracle on Ice Hockey Day On 22 February 1980 the US Olympic hockey team upset the team from the Soviet Union, 4– 3, at the Lake Placid Winter Games to earn a victory often called the “Miracle on Ice.” Led by coach Herb Brooks, the Americans went on to defeat Finland two days later and win the gold medal.

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World Thinking Day
Feb 22 all-day

World Thinking Day Girl Scouts and Girl Guides think about their sisters in other parts of the world by learning about other countries and cultures and becoming aware of global concerns.  Read more at https://www.wagggs.org/en/what-we-do/world-thinking-day/badge/.

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Feb
23
Sun
Curling Is Cool Day
Feb 23 all-day

Curling is cool day 23 February is Curling Is Cool Day. Offer up a worldwide embrace for an Olympic sport the entire family can play! If you don’t get it, you ain’t cool.

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Diesel Engine Patented – Anniversary
Feb 23 all-day

Diesel engine patentedOn 23 February 1893, Rudolf Diesel received a patent in Germany for the engine that bears his name. The diesel engine burns fuel oil rather than gasoline and is used in trucks and heavy industrial machinery.

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Iwo Jima Day – Anniversary
Feb 23 all-day

Iwo Jima Day On 23 February 1945, the US flag was raised on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima by US Marines. Almost 20,000 American soldiers lost their lives before the island was finally taken from the Japanese on 16 March 1945.

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Feb
24
Mon
Hadassah Founded – Anniversary
Feb 24 all-day

Hadassah founded On 24 February 1912, 12 members of the Daughters of Zion Study Circle met at New York City under the leadership of Henrietta Szold. A constitution was drafted to expand the study group into a national organization called Hadassah (Hebrew for myrtle and the biblical name of Queen Esther) to foster Jewish education in America and to create public health nursing and nurses’ training in Palestine. Hadassah is now the largest women’s volunteer organization in the US, with 1,500 chapters rooted in healthcare delivery, education and vocational training, children’s villages and services and land reclamation in Israel.

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Feb
25
Tue
Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday
Feb 25 all-day

Mardi Gras Mardi Gras is the Christian festival season of Carnival celebrations,usually running from the last night of Christmas to Ash Wednesday, but the actual number of days varies from country to country and city to city. “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday”.  Also known as Shrove Tuesday. Read more at http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras.

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Open That Bottle Night
Feb 25 all-day

Open that Bottle Night Open That Bottle Night. A night to finally drink that bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion that never seems to come. Annually, the last Saturday in February.

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Pancake Day – Shrove Tuesday
Feb 25 all-day

Pancake Day and Shrove Tuesday PANCAKE DAY or SHROVE TUESDAY is the day before Ash Wednesday, celebrated in some countries with feasting on pancakes. The word “shrove” is a form of the word “shrive” which means to be forgiven of one’s sins by confession and penance. Feasting (on pancakes) and merrymaking came before going to confession at the beginning of Lent. Read more at http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Pancake-Day/

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Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 25 all-day

Pierre Auguste Renoir Birthday On 25 February 1841, the Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste Renoir was born at Limoges, France. Renoir’s paintings are known for their joy and sensuousness as well as the light techniques he employed in them. In his later years he was crippled by arthritis and would paint with the brush strapped to his hand. He died at Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence, France, 17 December 1919.

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Feb
26
Wed
Ash Wednesday
Feb 26 all-day

Ash WednesdayAsh Wednesday is a day of fasting on the first day of Lent. It derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the heads of participants either by sprinkling ashes or marking the forehead with ashes in the shape of a cross. Read more at http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/ash-wednesday-bible.

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Grand Canyon National Park Established – Anniversary
Feb 26 all-day

Grand Canyon National Park establilshed On 26 February 1919, by an act of Congress, the Grand Canyon National Park was established. An immense gorge cut through the high plateaus of northwest Arizona by the raging Colorado River and covering 1,218,375 acres, Grand Canyon National Park is considered one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.

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Feb
27
Thu
African Burial Ground National Monument Established – Anniversary
Feb 27 all-day

African Burial Ground National Monument Established On 27 February 2006, President George W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring a seven-acre plot at the corners of Duane and Elk streets in Lower Manhattan, New York, to be a national monument. From the 1690s to the 1790s, this land served as a cemetery for both free and enslaved Africans and is believed to be the resting place of more than 15,000 people.

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Marian Anderson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Feb 27 all-day

Marian Anderson birthdayOn 27 February 1897, opera singer Marian Anderson was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson’s talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe, where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world’s finest contraltos.

Preventing Anderson’s performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution unintentionally secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on 9 April 1939 (Easter Sunday), 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1955 Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Dwight Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Anderson died 8 April 1993, at Portland, Oregon.

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