International Mother Language Day is designated to promote linguistic and cultural diversity. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) encourages people to learn more than 1 language, but don’t forget your native tongue! The holiday recognizes events, such as the deaths of 4 students in Bangladesh in 1952 who advocated the use of their native language, Bengali. On this day we celebrate languages spoken worldwide.
- Presidents Day – the 1st federal holiday to honor an American citizen. The holiday falls on the 3rd Monday of February and was originally recognized as Washington’s Birthday (Feb 22nd).
- National Card Reading Day – birthday, anniversary, or catching up on yesterday’s Valentine’s Day cards, take a moment to celebrate a holiday that keeps companies like Hallmark in business!
- National Sticky Bun Day – go ahead, spoil yourself. You deserve it!
- A patent for the sewing machine was issued (1842)
- The 1st telephone book was published in New Haven, CT (1878)
- The Washington Monument was dedicated (1885)
- The New Yorker published its first issue (1925)
- The 1st “instant camera” was demonstrated – the Polaroid Land Camera (1947)
- NASCAR was incorporated (1948)
- The structure of the DNA molecule was 1st discovered (1953)
- Gerald Holtom designed the peace symbol (1958)
- Malcolm X was assassinated in NYC (1965)
Birthdays & Remembrances:
- “Blanket” Jackson (9)
- Ashley Green (24) – Twilight
- Jennifer Love Hewitt (32)
- Kevin Rose (34) – Founder of Digg.com
- Kelsey Grammer (56) – at this point he may be better known for his marriages/divorces than his acting
- Tom Yawkey (1903-1976) – former owner of the Boston Red Sox
- Carmine Galante (1910-1979) – Bonanno Family, New York
- Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) – longest-lived human on record: 122 years!
- Vince Welnick, The Grateful Dead (1951-2006)
- RIP Malcolm X (1925-1965)