Halfway Point of Winter
- This is a very important event to us because the days are getting longer and the sun sets a minute later each evening. It is the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is the winter midpoint or cross-quarter day. The duskiest, coldest season is now officially half over!
Sesame Street's Elmo's Birthday
- Everybody knows Elmo, the fire-engine red dynamo with the positive attitude and infectious giggle. The outgoing, curious little monster is a perennial optimist who’s full of wonder as he discovers the world. With his childlike innocence, Elmo can turn almost anything into a game and invite his friends to join him in the imaginative fun.
National Carrot Day
- Did you know?
- The average person will consume 10,866 carrots in a lifetime
- Carrots are not always orange and can also be found in purple, white, red or yellow
- Dream of carrots - it portends prosperity and health; For a young woman to eat them denotes she will contract an early marriage and be the mother of several hardy children!
Four Chaplains Memorial Day
- Commemorates four chaplains (George Fox, Alexander Goode, Clark Poling, John Washington) who sacrificed their life belts and lives in 1943 when the SS Dorchester was torpedoed off Greenland during WWII.
Chinese New Year
- Traditional Chinese Lunar Year 4709 begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice. Outside China, the date of the New Year may differ by a day. The New Year can begin anytime from Jan 21 through Feb 21. Begins the Year of the Rabbit. Generally celebrated until the Lantern Festival 15 days later, but merchants usually reopen their stores and places of business on the fifth day of the first lunar month.
The Day the Music Died Day
- refers to a plane crash occurring just after 1:00 a.m. local time on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa, United States. The crash killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The term was popularized by Don McLean in his 1971 song "American Pie"."
- This was updated by Catherine on February 3, 2012 -
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