February Fun Facts

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February joined the calendar with January around 700 B.C. It derives its name from the Latin februo, which means “purification rites.” 

February used to be the last month of the year until around 500 B.C. when January and February moved to the beginning of the year.

Under the current Gregorian calendar, the leap year functions differently. Leap years are divisible by four, with one exception. Centennial years must be divisible by 400.

Once every 6 years, because it only has 28 days, February is the only month to have 4 full 7 day weeks.

In common years (not leap years), February and March start on the same day of the week.

In 2020,  Ground Hog Day and the Super Bowl are both on February 2nd.

February is when pitchers and catchers report to spring training kicking off a new baseball season. What’s a truer sign of spring?

Black History Month takes place during February because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were both born during the month.

The primrose is the flower of February.

If you are born in February, your zodiac sign is either Aquarius, an air sign,  or  Pisces, a water sign. Amethyst is the birthstone for the month. 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, February is a winter month but if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s summertime for you.