Holidays Calendar for February 2, 2016

February 2 is a day off in Estonia, because it's Anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty. This is a national holiday, that is annually celebrated by the Estonians.

The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, or Candlemas, is one of the major Christian holidays. This holiday celebrates one of the early episodes in life of Jesus Christ.

Rheumatoid Awareness Day is an annual campaign held on February 2. It was established in 2013 by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated improving the lives of people suffering from rheumatoid diseases.

Inventor's Day in Thailand annually falls on February 2. The country honors its outstanding persons, who contributed in world scientific progress.

The value of wetlands should be appreciated everyday, but only one day a year it's remembered on international level. February 2 is World Wetlands Day, the international day of awareness of wetlands.

Every country has it's own Constitution Day. The Philippines celebrate it on February 2, that is the anniversary of adoption of the 1987 Constitution.

February 2 is a special memorable date in the Russian Armed Forces, that is dedicated to the Victory in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1943, one of the most outstanding battles won by Russia in World War II.

February 2 is a perfect day to celebrate National Heavenly Hash Day. Whatever comes to your mind, you're right! You have to celebrate the day of any Heavenly Hash dessert.

February 2 is Groundhog Day in the USA and Canada. Everyone watches the emerge of groundhog from its burrow, that will predict the coming of the spring.

Candles Day (Küünlapäev) in Estonia, that falls annually on February 2, is the celebration of breaking the winter in half. According to the folk calendar, its the first women's holiday, when they can set aside their work, have fun and drink wine.

Azerbaijan celebrates Youth Day annually on February 2. This holiday was created in 1997 as the consequence of the conduction of the First Forum of Azerbaijani Youth in 1996.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, producer, and director. He died of combined drug intoxication ad the age of forty-six.
  • 2012 Died: Dorothy Gilman, American writer who is best known for the Mrs. Pollifax series. The Mrs. Pollifax books are spy-mystery novels.
  • 2007 A major flood in Jakarta, Indonesia began. The 2007 Jakarta flood is considered the worst flooding in Indonesia in 300 years, it killed nearly 80 people.
  • 1996 Died: Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, film director, and producer whose innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film.
  • 1995 Died: Fred Perry, English tennis and table tennis player, the winner of ten Majors including two Pro Slams and and eight Grand Slams.
  • 1995 Born: Arfa Karim, Pakistani student and computer prodigy who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine.
  • 1987 A plebiscite for the ratification of the Constitution of the Philippines was held. 76.37% of the voters favored ratification of the charter.
  • 1987 Born: Gerard Piqué, Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.
  • 1986 Born: Gemma Arterton, English actress best known for her roles in St Trinian's, Quantum of Solace, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Byzantium.
  • 1979 Died: Sid Vicious (stage name of John Beverley, born John Simon Ritchie), English vocalist and bass guitarist best known as a member of the Sex Pistols.
  • 1977 Born: Shakira (Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll), Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, model, record producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
  • 1972 Died: Natalie Clifford Barney, American poet, playwright, and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris and held a salon at 20 rue Jacob.
  • 1972 Born: Dana International (stage name of Sharon Kohen, born Yaron Cohen), Israeli pop singer who won the Eurovision Song Contest 1998.
  • 1970 Died: Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, social critic, historian, mathematician, and political activist. He was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1969 Died: Boris Karloff (stage name of William Henry Pratt), English actor who is best known for his role in horror films and especially for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster.
  • 1959 The Dyatlov Pass incident occurred. Nine experienced skied died in the Ural mountains. The absence of witnesses and the subsequent investigations concerning the death of skiers inspired intense speculation.
  • 1949 Born: Brent Spiner, American actor best known for his role as the android Data in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films.
  • 1943 The Battle of Stalingrad ended with decisive Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. It was a major battle of World War II that lasted more than 5 months.
  • 1939 Born: Dale T. Mortensen, American economist who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Christopher A. Pissarides and Peter A. Diamond.
  • 1922 Ulysses, a modernist novel by James Joyce, was first published in its entirety. It is considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature.
  • 1918 Died: Edmond Rostand, French poet and playwright who is best known for hist play Cyrano de Bergerac that has been translated and performed many times.
  • 1907 Died: Dmitri Mendeleev, Russian chemist and inventor who is best known for formulation of the Periodic Law and creation of the periodic table of elements.
  • 1901 The funeral of Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch, was held in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire.
  • 1901 Born: Jascha Heifetz, Lithuanian-born American violinist and violin teacher who is considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.
  • 1882 Born: James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet who is considered one of the most influential modernist writers. One of his best-known works is Ulysses.
  • 1848 The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in the Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo between Mexico and the United States. It ended the Mexican-American War.
  • 1829 Born: Alfred Brehm, German zoologist, writer and natural history illustrator. His best-known work is Brehms Tierleben (Brehm's Life of Animals).
  • 1653 New Amsterdam received municipal rights and became a city. It was renamed the City of New York on September 8, 1664.
  • 1536 Buenos Aires was founded by a Spanish expedition led by Pedro de Mendoza. It was originally named Ciudad de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre.
  • 962 Pope John XII crowned Otto I, also known as Otto the Great, who thus became the first Holy Roman Emperor in nearly forty years.