One of the famous facts about February is that it’s the shortest month of the year, with 28 and 29 days in common and leap years, respectively. The much-celebrated Super Bowl of the National Football League (NFL) that happens on every first Sunday of February also stands out for most American sports lovers. Here are 14 more interesting facts for February.
- Julius Caesar finalized the Roman calendar by assigning 28 and 29 days to February to fit the rotation of the earth, per the University of Houston. He then officially included February in the calendar.
- The U.S. and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe in February 1848 to end the war between them, according to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
- Except on leap years, the month of February usually starts on the same day of the week and lasts for 28 days.
- February is African American history month in which we acknowledge and celebrate the significance contributions and achievements of Black people throughout U.S. history. People can support the African American community by buying from Black-owned businesses, donating to causes and organizations that support underprivileged minority communities, and reading books and articles to increase our understanding of racial issues.
- February has a famous romantic holiday on the 14th, Valentine’s Day, during which people express their love by giving gifts such as flowers, cards, and chocolates. It is also a day on which Americans spend a lot of money on gifts.
- Valentine’s Day received its name from the Catholic Church’s celebration in honor of two martyrs named Valentine. This is following their execution on 14th February of different years by Emperor Claudius II. The Romans formerly referred to it as the festival of Lupercalia, which involved pairing men and women through a lottery.
- It is National Snack Food Month, during which you should eat healthy snacks and treats between meals, says SNAC International, formerly called Snack Food Association (SFA).
- People commonly misspell February. In fact, an article published by The Washington Post shows that the White House once wrote “Feburary” instead of February in a 2015 press release.
- February means “purification”, and this name came from the ancient Roman purification festival known as “Februa”, which used to take place in the early spring. This name was also given to babies born in February.
- Before the final calendar, the length of February kept changing and even had 23 days at some point. This is because of the irregular rotation of the earth that made some years longer than others.
- February represents a lot of events, including American Heart Month, Returning Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, Grape Fruit Month, Canned Food Month, and Hot Breakfast Month.
- February represents the Aquarius and Pisces zodiac signs, which end on 20th February and begin on 19th February, respectively.
- The 16th president of the U.S., Abraham Lincoln, was born on 12th February 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was born in a one-room log cabin on a farm.
- The full moon of February, also known as the Snow Moon, appears in February after midnight. It is the only month during which the full moon may fail to occur, although this only happens every 20 years or so.
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