Happy Belated, Abe!
Yesterday – February 12th – was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Thanks to President Lincoln some of you may have the day off from work today. (That’s always a good thing.) Born in Hardin County, KY in 1809, Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He won the presidency in 1860 but did not complete his first term. As we all know he was assassinated by stage actor John Wilkes Booth while watching a play. Did you know that it took place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865? He was in office for the duration of the Civil War (1861-1865) and was assassinated less than two weeks after the surrender of the Confederacy. Delivered in November 1863, his Gettysburg Address is one of the most well-known and important speeches in history.
Lincoln stood 6’-4” and the stovepipe hats that were his favorites added another 7 to 8 inches to his already imposing frame. One of the Smithsonian’s most treasured items is the top hat that he wore to Ford’s Theatre the night he was assassinated.
We will be celebrating our first U.S. president’s birthday on February 22nd. If you didn’t get the day off today maybe General Washington will give you a day off. George Washington’s birthday is an official federal holiday and is observed on the third Monday of February rather than the actual date. It is usually referred to as Presidents’ Day in honor of all of our presidents in addition to Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday.
Have you done your shopping?
Of course, you should know already that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and hopefully you have done your shopping. Don’t invite a cold shoulder or a night sleeping on the couch! Get off your…couch…and get to the flower shop, candy store, or even the card section of the grocery. Just go somewhere and get something!