In the history of the United States, the 16-president occupies a special place. Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12) was a National Holiday until the mid-70s, but then it was abolished, but most Americans still celebrate this holiday.
During the reign of Abraham Lincoln, many significant laws were passed, which made a huge contribution to the development of the country. The most memorable were the decrees on the abolition of slavery and the Homestead Act, which gave the right to every citizen of the country to get a plot of land in ownership.
Abraham Lincoln loved the people and tried to make the lives of ordinary Americans better. Citizens appreciated him, and even elected him for a second presidential term.
When it was decided to cancel Lincoln’s Birthday, and honor the memory of Lincoln and other prominent political figures on one day, which was called Presidents’ Day (celebrated annually, every 3rd Monday of February), many disagreed.
Residents of California, New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Indiana still celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday.
- Thanksgiving became a national holiday during the reign of Abraham Lincoln.
- He is the only American president to have a patent. Lincoln invented a device that helps move ships from the shallows.
- The assassination of the 16th President of the United States was committed on Good Friday.
- There is not a single direct descendant of Lincoln left alive.
- He had a rather strange habit of keeping important documents in his hat.
- Lincoln loved animals, but most of all he loved cats, with whom he could play for hours.
- Shortly before his death, Abraham Lincoln signed an executive order creating the Secret Service.
- He was America’s tallest president. A. Lincoln’s height is 1 m 94 cm.
- During the 2nd inauguration in the photo near the American president you can see his killer – John Wilkes Booth.
How to celebrate
In the United States, February 12 is considered the day of the victory of democracy, as well as a holiday of equality and freedom. After all, it was Lincoln who, by his decree, banned the slave system. On this day, rallies and demonstrations are often held in memory of an outstanding person.
When is Lincoln’s Birthday celebrated in 2024?
Lincoln’s Birthday is observed on February 12 each year.