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Happy Presidents Day!
T - Mon Feb 20, 2012 @ 07:06PM
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Fun Fact: Washington's Birthday was originally February 12th. 

George Washington was born under the Julian calendar, enacted by the Romans and once used by Britain. The Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar differs by 11 days, so when the United States adopted the Gregorian calendar, Washington's newly observed birth date was February 22nd. 

Lincoln was born under the Gregorian calendar on February 12th, and his birthday became a state-sponsored holiday in 30 states. However, many folks did not like having two presidents' birthdays celebrated so closely together, so Congress was called on to make a more succinct holiday.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved Washington's Birthday to the third Monday in February. The interesting point, though, is that many mistakenly believe the move was to both better observe Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, or to commemorate all of the presidents. The Holiday Act, however, neither has the words Presidents Day nor Lincoln in it. 

For more information, please check out: http://www.life123.com/holidays/more-holidays/february-holidays/fun-facts-about-presidents-day.shtml 


(LC Office of Public and External Affairs)

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