Sunday, February 17, 2008

President's Day? Washington's Birthday? Both and More.

1796 -- The country first celebrated the birthday of George Washington during the last full year he was president.

1866 -- One year after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address on his birthday, February 12. Although Lincoln's birthday became a holiday in many states, it never became an official federal holiday.

1885-- President Chester Arthur made Washington's birthday a federal holiday.

1968 -- Congress passed legislation moving the observance of George Washington's birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.

1971-- The legislation passed in 1968 took effect in 1971. Some people think that the legislation combined the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to create Presidents' Day. Congress never combined Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays. The holiday is still officially called Washington's Birthday.

Confused yet?

Don't sweat the small stuff, just be thankful if you are among the many who can stay home and not have call it a sick day.

Happy Birthday to all of our past presidents.

Bea Kunz

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