February Calendar of Holidays, Events, and Celebrations For Teachers
African American History Month - African American history month is celebrated all month. The "Father of Black History" is Dr. Carter G. Woodson. This event has been celebrated every year since 1926.
American Heart Month - This month long event started in 1963. It is an event to raise awareness about heart conditions and to educate everyone on how to better take care of their own hearts.
National Children's Dental Health Month - This event started in 1941 as a one day event. It is now celebrated all month long. To learn how to keep your teeth healthy, visit this website.
February 1st - Supreme Court's First Session - On February 1st, 1790, the Supreme Court had its' first meeting. The meeting was in New York, which at the time, was the Nation's capital.
February 1st - Jerry Spinelli's Birthday - Spinelli is a popular best selling children's author and a Newbury Award winner. His book "Maniac Magee" won him the award in 1991.
February 2nd - Anniversary of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo - The treaty ended the two year Mexican and American war on February 2nd, 1848.
February 3rd - The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is Ratified - On February 3rd, 1879 the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified. It stated no citizen can be denied the right to vote because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Of course, back in 1879 the amendment was only for men.
February 3rd - The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is Ratified - On February 3rd, 1913 the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment gave Congress the right to collect and lay taxes on a persons' income.
February 4th - Rosa Parks' Birthday - Rosa Parks was a very important woman in early history. She was a civil rights activist. She was born on February 4th, 1913. To learn more about the good things Rosa did, visit this website.
February 4th - Charles A. Lindbergh's Birthday - Charles Lindbergh was born on February 4th, 1902. He was an American fighter pilot who flew alone over the Atlantic Ocean. He flew out of New York on May 20th, 1927 and arrived in Paris, France on May 21st, 1927. To learn more about one of Americas' bravest pilots, visit this website.
February 6th - Sir Thomas More's Birthday - On February 7th, 1478 Thomas More was born. He was an author and a statesman.
February 7th - Laura Ingalls Wilders' Birthday - Laura is a well known children's book author and TV character. She was born on February 7th, 1867. She wrote the famous book series "Little House on the Prairie."
February 8th - The Dawes Act was Passed - The act is also known as the General Allotment Act of 1887. It allowed the president of the United States to survey the Native Americans' land into allotments.
February 9th - William Henry Harrisons' Birthday - William Henry Harrison was born on February 9th, 1773. He was the ninth president of the United States.
February 10th - The French and Indian War Ends - On February 10th, 1763, the nine year war between the French and English finally came to an end.
February 11th - Thomas Alva Edison's Birthday - He was born on February 11th, 1847. He was a great inventor with over one-thousand patents. In his honor and by the Presidential Proclamation, February 11th has been celebrated in Thomas' honor.
February 11th - Jane Yolens' Birthday - Jane was born on February 11th, 1939. She is a best selling children's and teen author. Some of her books include, "Guides and Activities," "All Star," and several more.
February 12th - Charles Darwin's Birthday - Charles Darwin is a well know name in the science community. He was a naturalist and wrote the famous book "Origin of Species." He was born on February 12th, 1809.
February 14th - St. Valentine's Day - Valentine's Day has a history that dates back to ancient Rome. However, the important information is about the candy, Valentine cards, and the flowers.
February 14th - Arizona becomes a State - On February 14th, 1912 Arizona became the 48th state.
February 14th - Frederick Douglass' Birthday - Born on February 14th, 1880 he was a slave who was able to escape. He became an abolitionist.
February 15th - The 100th Day of School - This is always a fun day at school. Almost every classroom celebrates the 100th day of school.
February 15th - Susan B. Anthony's Birthday - She was born on February 15th, 1820. Susan was a leader of the Women's Suffrage Movement. To learn more about her and the Women's Suffrage Movement, visit this website.
February 18th - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - On February 18th, 1884 the famous classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons), was published.
February 19th - Nicolas Copernicus' Birthday - Nicolas was born on February 19th, 1473. He was a famous mathematician and astronomer. He believed that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. This theory brought about some upheaval to the Scientific Revolution.
February 21st - The Day George Washington's Birthday is Observed - George Washington was the first President of the United States. George Washington's real birthday is February 22nd. It also coincides with President's Day which is on the third Monday of February.
February 23rd - W.E.B. Dubois' Birthday - He was born on February 23rd, 1868. He was a Civil Rights leader in America.
February 25th - Pierre-Auguste Renior's Birthday - Pierre was born February 25th, 1841. He was an artist during the Impressionist era. To see some of his work, visit this website.
February 26th - The Grand Canyon becomes a National Park - The Grand Canyon became one of the United States' first national parks on February 26th, 1919.
February 27th - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday - Henry was born on February 27th, 1807. He was the poet who wrote "Paul Revere's Ride."
February 27th - John Steinbeck's Birthday - John was born on February 27th, 1902. He was a popular American author. His book "The Grapes of Wrath", won him a Pulitzer Prize and he also won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962.
February 28th - The Salem Witch Trials - On February 28th, 1692 the Salem Witch Trials began in Salem Town and Salem Village, Massachusetts. This event led to the death of 20 people.