Roses, chocolates, and romantic dinners are associated with February since that is the month of Valentine’s Day that happy couples love, and unhappy couples and singles hate. February is also known to be the dreaded month in the Northern Hemisphere because it never ends the month of the winter. The opposite applies in the Southern Hemisphere, as the dog days of summer would be associated with February.
February is the second month of the year and the shortest month as well. However, before 713 BCE, February did not exist in the Roman ten-month calendar that started from March to December. However, because the months did not align with the lunar year, Numa Pompilius changed that as he added January and February to the calendar before March. The name of February comes from the Latin term ‘februum’ as it means purification. That began when a purification ritual was held on February 15th on the Roman calendar as there was a Full Moon on that date.
There were only 27-days in February (sometimes as little as 23 days) until another day was added, and to align with the seasons properly, an additional day on top of that was added to take place every four years, which are considered leap years. Let’s look at other facts.
Fun Facts About February
The word February is the most misspelled and mispronounced name in the English language. There was even a time that the White House misspelled February in a press release. That is how difficult it can be. ‘
February can be the only month without a Full Moon. It doesn’t happen too often, but it has.
The Beatles made their first appearance on American TV during the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. That was a top-rated show as the viewings showed over 70 million Americans watched the show.
Babies born on February 29th are leaplings or leapers, and the odds of that happening are one in 1,461.
Famous February Birthdays
- Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7th, 1867. She was the author of Little House on the Prairie, and she did not publish her series until she was 65 years old.
- Thomas Edison was born on February 11th, 1846, and he was known as the inverter of the lightbulb, motion picture camera, and phonograph. He also ran a research laboratory and successful business and recorded the first cat video.
- Naturalist Charles Darwin was born on February 12th, 1809, as he was known to expand on evolutionary biology. He also was known to be highly analytical and had a fascination for small crustaceans.
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