Holidays Calendar for February 10, 2013

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck is a religious feast and public holiday in Malta celebrated on February 10. Paul the Apostle is one of the patron saints of Malta.

Countries that use calendars based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar celebrate New Year on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. Commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, the holiday has different names in different countries: Spring Festival in China, Ten in Vietnam, Losar in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, Seollal in Korea, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia.


Autism Sunday, also known as the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, is an annual observance held on the second Sunday in February. It originated in the United Kingdom.


International Cribbage Day is celebrated annually on February 10 in honor of one of the world’s oldest card games. Its date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Sir John Suckling, an English poet who is credited with inventing cribbage.

On February 10, all Russian diplomats celebrate their professional holiday, Diplomatic Employee Day. It was established in 2002 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Volunteer Defense’s Day (Wan Asa Raksa Dindaen) is an annual observance in Thailand held on February 10. It commemorates the foundation of the Volunteer Defense Corps.

Children’s Hospice Work Day (Tag der Kinderhospizarbeit), sometimes translated as simply Children’s Hospice Day, is observed in Germany on February 10 every year. It was created to highlight the contribution of all people working and volunteering at hospices for children and youth.

In Iraqi Kurdistan (a Kurdish proto-state that constitutes the only autonomous region in Iraq) there are several holidays dedicated to the history and culture of Kurdistan. One of them is Kurdish Authors Union Day. It is celebrated annually on February 10.

Alexander Pushkin is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and one of the founders of modern Russian literature, so it is not surprising that his death anniversary is a remembrance day in Russia. Although unofficial, it is observed by various cultural organizations on February 10.

National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe has been observed in Italy since 2005. It commemorates the victims of the so-called foibe massacres that took place mainly in Dalmatia, Istria, and Venezia Giulia from 1943 to 1949.

On February 10, Eritrea observes Fenkil Day. This observance commemorates the Second Battle of Massawa, also known as the Fenkil Offensive, that was one of the most important battles of the Eritrean War for Independence.

Cream cheese brownie is one of the most popular American desserts. No one can resist a swirl and its sweet taste. Celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day on February 10.

The umbrella is one of those inventions that rarely get the credit they deserve even though we cannot imagine our lives without them. National Umbrella Day, celebrated annually on February 10, was created to remind people that they shouldn’t take umbrellas for granted.

February 10 is a great day to wear your favorite flannel shirt or get cozy in warm flannel pajamas because it is National Flannel Day. This unofficial holiday was created to celebrate a soft fabric that a lot of people associate with comfort and warmth.

World Pulses Day was established by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to raise awareness of the importance of pulses (dry beans, dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, lupins) as a global food. It is observed annually on February 10.

The International Day of the Arabian Leopard, also known as Arabian Leopard Day, is a United Nations observance held annually on February 10. It was created to raise awareness of the critically endangered status of the smallest subspecies of the leopard.

World Marriage Day is an annual observance organized by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a religiously-based program designed to help married couples improve their marriage. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in February.


Racial Justice Sunday is observed by Christian churches in the United Kingdom on the second Sunday in February. It focuses on celebrating human diversity and raising awareness of the importance of overcoming prejudices.


Mother's Day in Norway is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It has been observed since 1919.


This Day in History

  • 2021 Died: Larry Flint, American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications. He is best known as the publisher of the monthly pornographic magazine Hustler.
  • 2014 Died: Shirley Temple, American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat. She was most famous as a child star in the 1930s.
  • 2009 The communication satellites Kosmos-2251 and Iridium 33 collided in low Earth orbit at a speed of 26,170 mph. Both satellites were destroyed.
  • 2005 Died: Arthur Miller, American playwright and essayist whose best known works include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge.
  • 1997 Born: Chloë Grace Moretz, American actress whose breakthrough came in 2010 with her critically acclaimed performances as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass and as a child vampire in Let Me In.
  • 1996 The IBM chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue became the first machine to defeat a reining world champing (Garry Kasparov) under regular time controls.
  • 1992 Born: Karen Fukuhara, American actress best known for her roles as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana in Suicide Squad and as Kimiko Miyashiro/The Female on The Boys.
  • 1991 Born: Emma Roberts, American actress, singer, model, and producer. She gained recognition for her lead role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon TV series Unfabulous.
  • 1988 Born: Daniel Kwan, American director known for his collaborations with Daniel Scheinert. The filmmaking duo are known collectively as the Daniels.
  • 1981 Born: Stephanie Beatriz, American actress who is best known for playing Detective Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and voicing Mirabel Madrigal in the Disney film Encanto.
  • 1981 Born: Uzo Aduba, American actress who gained wide recognition for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.
  • 1981 An arson fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino, killing 8 people and injuring almost 200. It occurred just 3 months after the devastating MGM Grand fire.
  • 1981 Born: Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer. She made her international singing debut in 2000, playing Fleur-de-Lys in the London version of Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1974 Born: Elizabeth Banks, American actress and filmmaker whose directorial credits include Pitch Perfect 2, Charlie's Angels, and Cocaine Bear.
  • 1974 Born: Ivri Lider, Israeli pop star and part of the duo The Young Professionals (TYP). He is one of the biggest-selling contemporary artists in Israeli music.
  • 1967 Born: Laura Dern, American actress whose numerous accolades include an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and five Golden Globe Awards.
  • 1967 The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. This amendment deals with succession to the Presidency.
  • 1964 Two warships of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Melbourne (R21) and HMAS Voyager (D04), collided while performing maneuvers off Jervis Bay.
  • 1964 Died: Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer who was one of the creators of Silbervogel, German design for a rocket-powered sub-orbital bomber aircraft.
  • 1962 Captured American spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin.
  • 1962 Born: Cliff Burton, American musician best known as the bass guitarist for Metallica. He was killed in a bus accident during the band's tour in 1986.
  • 1961 Born: George Stephanopoulos, American television journalist and a former U.S. Democratic Party political advisor.
  • 1951 Born: Bob Iger, American media business executive who, as of 2024, serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of The Walt Disney Company.
  • 1936 The Battle of Amba Aradam (also known as the Battle of Enderta) between Italian and Ethiopian forces began during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
  • 1932 Died: Edgar Wallace, English crime writer, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright who is remembered for the creation of King Kong.
  • 1923 Died: Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering electromagnetic radiation.
  • 1912 Died: Joseph Lister, British surgeon considered a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. He successfully introduced carbolic acid to sterilize instruments and clean wounds.
  • 1910 Born: Dominique Pire, Belgian Dominican friar who was awarded the 1958 the Nobel Peace Prize for his work helping refugees after World War II.
  • 1898 Born: Bertolt Brecht, German playwright, theater director, and poet. Hist best known works include The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children.
  • 1891 Died: Sofia Kovalevskaya, the first major Russian female mathematician and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe.
  • 1890 Born: Fanny Kaplan, Russian political revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Vladimir Lenin, head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
  • 1890 Born: Boris Pasternak, Russian poet, novelist, and translator who was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was forced to refuse to accept the prize.
  • 1865 Died: Heinrich Lenz, Russian physicist of German ethnicity who is best known for formulating the eponymous Lenz's law in electrodynamics.
  • 1837 Died: Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet of all times.
  • 1775 Born: Charles Lamb, English writer, poet, and essayist who is best known for his children's book Tales from Shakespeare, and Essays of Elia.
  • 1755 Died: Montesquieu, French lawyer, political philosopher, and man of letters. He is best known for his theory of separation of state powers (legislative, executive, judicial).
  • 1355 The St Scholastica Day riot broke out in Oxford, England. It lasted for two days during which 63 scholars and about 30 locals were killed.
  • 1306 Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, the other claimant for the Scottish throne thus sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
  • 1258 The siege of Baghdad by Ilkhanate Mongol forces and allied troops ended. The capital of the Abbasid Caliphate surrendered, but the Mongols did not enter the city until three days later.