Holidays and Observances(Alphabetical Order)
2023 Daily Holidays that fall on February 1, include:
- Candy-Making Day
- Car Insurance Day
- CBD Day
- Change Your Password Day
- Dark Chocolate Day
- Decorating With Candy Day
- G.I. Joe Day
- Global School Play Day – February 1, 2023 (First Wednesday in February)
- Hula in the Coola Day
- International Day of Black Women in the Arts – (First Day of Black History Month)
- International Face & Body Art Day
- National Baked Alaska Day
- National Freedom Day
- National Get Up Day
- National Girls & Women in Sports Day – February 1, 2023 (First Wednesday in February)
- National Signing Day – February 1, 2023 (First Wednesday in February)
- Robinson Crusoe Day
- Serpent Day
- Spunky Old Broads Day
- World Hijab Day
- World Read Aloud Day – February 1, 2023 (First Wednesday in February)
2023 Weekly Holidays that include February 1, are:
- African Heritage & Health Week – February 1-7
- Catholic Schools Week – January 29, 2023 – February 4, 2023 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
- Cordova Ice Worm Days – January 28 – February 4, 2023
- National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week – January 30 – February 4, 2023
- National Meat Week – January 29 – February 4, 2023 (8 Days starting on the fourth Sunday)
- National Patient Recognition Week – February 1-7
- Solo Diners Eat Out Week – February 1-7
- Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking Month (TANYRSS) – December 17, 2022 – February 5, 2023; December 17, 2023 – February 5, 2024
- Tax Identity Theft Week – January 30, 2023 – February 3, 2023 (5 Days Starting the Last Monday in January)
- U.S. Snow Sculpting Week – February 1-5, 2023
- Women’s Heart Week – February 1-7 (Annually for 7 days starting February 1)
- World Interfaith Harmony Week – February 1-7 (First Week of February)
2023 Monthly Holidays that include February 1, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.
- A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
- If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I’ll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events(Date Order)
- Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival – Usually starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2023 dates are December 23, 2022 – February 28, 2023
- Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show – January 13 – February 4, 2023 (Fort Worth, TX)
- Chinese New Year Festival and Parade – (San Francisco) – January 14 – March 5, 2023, Parade on February 4, 2023
- Saint Paul Winter Carnival – January 26 – February 5, 2023 (St. Paul, MN)
The Astrological Sign for February 1 is an Aquarius.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:
- Violet – symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
- Primrose – Modesty, distinction, and virtue
The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.
- 1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960) (Gone With the Wind)
- 1948 – Rick James, American musician and composer (d. 2004) (funk music)
- 1965 – Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
- 1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer and actress, and only child of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley.
- 1968 – Pauly Shore, American comedian
- 1971 – Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter)
- 1994 – Harry Styles, English singer, songwriter and member of One Direction
- 1997 – Herb Caen, American columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years (b. 1916)
- 2003 – Michael P. Anderson, American Astronaut (b. 1959)
- 2003 – David Brown, American Astronaut (b. 1956)
- 2003 – Kalpana Chawla, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Laurel Clark, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Rick Husband, American Astronaut (b. 1957)
- 2003 – Willie McCool, American Astronaut (b. 1961)
- 2003 – Ilan Ramon, Israeli Astronaut (b. 1954)
- 2013 – Ed Koch, American lawyer and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (b. 1924)
Famous Weddings and Divorces
- 1986 – Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland
Quote of the Day
The quote above is from Herb Caen, who was born in 1916 and died on this day in 1997. He was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years. We lived in San Francisco for a year at the Presidio, when it was still an Army base. I still adore San Francisco, and try to visit as often as I can.
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
February is Great American Pies Month and Berry Fresh Month! The Holidays and Observances Recipe for February 1, is a Berry Crumble Pie, from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.
This Day in History
- 1709 – Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
- 1790 – The Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time in New York City
- 1861 – Texas secedes from the United States during the American Civil War
- 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (National Freedom Day)
- 1865 – General Sherman’s march through South Carolina begins
- 1893 – Thomas Edison completes the worlds 1st movie studio in West Orange New Jersey
- 1898 -1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co
- 1906 – 1st federal penitentiary building is completed in Leavenworth, Kansas
- 1920 – 1st commercial armored car introduced
- 1920 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police form
- 1951 – 1st telecast of an atomic explosion
- 1958 – 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched
- 1958 – Egypt & Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic
- 1965 – Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC’s nightly news
- 1968 – Former VP Richard Nixon announces candidacy for president
- 1976 – Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
- 1978 – Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
- 1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was the granddaughter of William Randolph Heart, and at age 19, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)
- 1982 – Late Night With David Letterman, debuts on NBC-TV
- 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
- 2005 – Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage
- 2013 – The Shard, (formerly London Bridge Tower), located in London, the tallest building in the European Union is opened to the public
This Day in Music
- 1949 – RCA introduces the the 45 RPM record which become known as “singles”. It’s 7 inches wide and plays at a faster speed than the traditional albums, providing better sound quality.
- 1964 – The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand hits #1, and stays on top for seven weeks
- 1969 – Tommy James & the Shondells’ Crimson and Clover hits #1 (video below)
- 1969 – Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
- 1971– The Love Story soundtrack album is certified gold.
- 1979 – Blondie’s Heart Of Glass is certified platinum in the UK
- 1984 – The musical drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose’s soundtrack features Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear it For the Boy.”
- 1985 – The Eagles’ Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC’s Miami Vice.
- 1988 – The Cars disband.
This Day in Sports
- 1914 – NY Giants & Chicago White Sox play an exhibition baseball game in Egypt
- 1970 – Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Hall of Fame
- 1992 – Barry Bonds signs baseball’s highest single year contract ($4.7 mil)