Monday, February 22, 2010

The Real Washington's Birthday

February 15 was observed as 'President's Day' but is intended to be a celebration of Washington's Birthday.

However, today, Feb. 22, is really his birthday. So, we will celebrate it again. Why twice? Well, George Washington was a truly outstanding and important personage in American history. So, let's get this day right.

As you know, George Washington was the First President of the United States. He served two terms as President, the first being from 1789-1793 and the second from 1793 to 1797.

Interestingly, according to the National Archives of the U.S. Gov., “George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, which placed Washington's birth on February 22, 1732.”

To read more about Washington’s Birthday and how it came to be observed on Feb. 15, as chronicled by the National Archives, HERE’S THE LINK.

And to read another interesting short article about President's Day / Washington's Birthday, HERE'S THE LINK