Today, I continue my series of some fun and interesting facts about each month of the year. January is now a memory and already we find ourselves in the shortest month of the year—February.
In spite of its short length, celebrations and events fill the February calendar. February, along with January, was not part of the original Roman calendar. Numa Pompilus added the two months around 713 BC. For almost 200 years, February was the last month of the year.
On the wind in February snowflakes float still. Half inclined to turn to rain, nipping, dripping, chill. ~ Christina Georgina Rossetti, A Year’s Windfalls, 1866
A few things about February:
- It is the only month in which it is possible not to have a full moon. The next time this will occur is in 2018.
- In leap years, February is the only month that begins and ends on the same day of the week.
- The February birthstone is the amethyst. The amethyst was the stone of royalty and means power.
- The flower is the Primrose
- In February, we celebrate Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day. It is also the month in which the Super Bowl occurs.
- February is Black History Month in the US and Canada
- Famous birthdays in February include US Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln (hence the President’s Day holiday); Baseball legends Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron; Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks; and musicians Bob Marley, Alice Cooper, and George Harrison
- Native Americans called the February full moon the Snow Moon, since snowfall is often the greatest amount during this month. Some tribes also referred to it as the Hunger Moon since harsh weather conditions made hunting extremely difficult.
- Three states joined the union in February – Massachusetts in 1788 by ratification of the constitution, Oregon in 1859, and Arizona in 1912.
February is sort of a non-event month for me, although I did begin my two longest running jobs during this month. The first in 1981 and my current job in 2002. (Maybe I should publish a novel during the month of February in hopes it will be on the best-seller list a long time!)
In Texas, we often get our biggest snowfalls in February. When it snows here, most people stay home. We don’t have snowplows and we don’t know how to drive in winter weather. However, in 1985, after a ten-inch snowfall (big for our area), John and I decided we wanted a VCR. We took my Camaro, drove to town, and purchased one. Camaros aren’t known for being high off the ground and it probably drug bottom a few times, but we made it home safe and sound.
Do you have any special memories of February? Please share in the comments.