Archive for February, 2011
President’s Day (US)
While originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the holiday has become a general celebration of all US Presidents (past and present).
With the passage of the Monday Holiday Law (1968), the federal celebration of George Washington’s birthday moved from its actual date, February 22nd, to the 3rd Monday of February. The celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (February 12th) while no longer observed as a federal holiday is also customarily celebrated on President’s Day.
link: President’s Day
Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts, Figures & Folklore About America’s Presidents
February 20 : 01 day till President’s Day
Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.
Did you know that Barack Obama was the first African American president … of the Harvard Law Review?
Also the first African American president of the United States, Obama was raised in Hawaii, the son of a Kansan mother and a Kenyan father.
Over 96% of African Americans voted for Obama in November 2008. Until 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act, most southern blacks were denied their right to vote by illegal literacy tests and poll taxes.
Obama was elected to office during the swelling of what many are calling the “Great Recession.” Like FDR did in his 1933 Inaugural address, Obama, the 44th president of the United States, attempted to restore hope to Americans when he said: “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”
So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents! We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 21st! So stop by again tomorrow.
You might look a little crazy, but that’s probably how you feel, too, after being cooped up inside all winter long!
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