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Presidents’ Day

February 20th, 2006

[George Washington]

Until 1971, the February 22 birthday of George Washington, hero of the Revolutionary War and first president of the United States, was a national holiday.

In addition, the February 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the president during the Civil War, was a holiday in most states.

In 1971 the two days were joined, and one single federal holiday, the Presidents’ Day, is now celebrated on the third Monday of February (February 18 in 2008).

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