February is a unique month, for it has either 28 or 29 days, and also because it has the all important Valentine's day! Clearly, it is a special month. The Earth completes one revolution around the Sun in 365 days and a 1/4th day, but the quarter of a day is omitted and is added only after every 4 years. Hence in that leap year, February will have 29 days and the year will have 366 days. Check out some facts about February!
1. Named after…
The month was named after the latin term februum which means purification. This is to signify the purification ritual Februa, held on Feb 15, in Rome.
2. Birthstone is…
The birthstone for the people born in February is amethyst. And amethyst is a symbol of devotion, sincerity, humility and spiritual wisdom!
A person who is born on Feb 29, is called a leapling or a leaper, for he will celebrate his 18th birthday when he's almost 80! Hence to avoid confusion, some governments allow a person born on this date to celebrate their 18th on March 1.
4. Can have no full moon!
February is the only month which can go without having even a single full moon. This happened last, back in 1999 and is going to repeat in 2018
5. Zodiac Signs
The Zodiac signs for February are:
- Aquarius (February 1st – February 18th)
- Pisces (February 19th – February 28/29th)
6. The only full month
February is truly a complete month! It is the only month with exactly 4 weeks, that is 4 times we get Sunday to Monday, 4 x 7 = 28!
7. Oxford Dictionary introduced!
Back in 1884, The first Oxford Dictionary debuted, for the use of common people in the month of February!
8. The birth of YouTube
The biggest video sharing website was first made online in February 2005, before it was bought by Google in November 2006!
9. Discovery of Pluto
On Feb 18th, 1930, the dwarf planet and the 9th rock from the Sun, Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh!
The first successful cloning of an animal was announced in February 1997. It was a female lamb that was named Dolly.
11. People Magazine
The popular weekly magazine that carries celebrity and other human-related stories, was published in February 1974 for the very first time. It is owned by Time Inc.
12. Whitney Houston died
Singer Whitney Houston died on Feb 11, 2012, in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cocaine overdose and heart disease were determined to be the causes of death!
13. Interesting traits of February borns
People born in the month of February are said to be one of the most honest, philanthropic and mysterious people. They are also said to have a strong will power combined with a mind for innovation and originality.