Maple Leaf Flag Adopted
- The new Canadian national flag was raised at Ottawa, Canada’s capital, on this day in 1965. The red-and-white flag with a red maple leaf in the center replaced the Red Ensign flag, which had the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.
International Gumdrop Day
- honors the popular, gelatin-based candy. Gumdrops have been a favorite candy for many decades. Nowadays, the "Gummi" candies which are the same gelatin base, are the most popular gumdrop type of sweet. Today you can eat Gumdrops to your heart's content!
Singles Awareness Day
- a day for those who are unattached and without a significant other. It is celebrated the day after Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day, celebrates love and romance for those currently in a relationship. However, if you are in between relationships, or without a significant other, you may feel left out. Valentine's Day can be a depressing day. So, the day after Valentine's Day is your day.
Remember the Maine Day
- American battleship Maine was blown up while at anchor in Havana Harbor, at 9:40 PM, on this day in 1898. The ship, under the command of Captain Charles G. Sigsbee, sank quickly, and 260 members of its crew were lost. Inflamed public opinion in the US ignored the lack of evidence to establish responsibility for the explosion. “Remember the Maine” became the war cry, and a formal declaration of war against Spain followed on Apr 25, 1898.
Susan B. Anthony's Birthday
- Honors one of the first women’s rights advocates, working especially for the right to vote. Anthony was born on this day in 1820 at Adams, MA.
Clifford The Big Red Dog
- an American children's book series first published in 1963. Written by Norman Bridwell, the series helped establish Scholastic Books as a premier publishing company.
- Anniversary of ancient Roman fertility festival. Thought by some to have been established by Romulus and Remus, who, legend says, were suckled by a she-wolf at Lupercal (a cave in Palestine). Goats and dogs were sacrificed. Lupercalia celebration persisted until the fifth century of the Christian era.
Candlemas - on the Julian Calendar
- Candlemas is the last holiday of the Christmas season. Candlemas is a christian celebration, or festival, of the Feast of Purification of the Virgin Mary. It also celebrates the annual blessing of candles used by the church.
- This was updated by Catherine on February 15, 2012 -
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