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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Man, the Myth and His Holiday

Here in Virginia, it’s officially known as "George Washington's Day." Federal statute refers to it as "Washington's Birthday" and the retail world and many others commonly refer to it as "Presidents Day." In 1880, when it was established as the first federal holiday to honor an American citizen, it was celebrated on Washington’s birthday: February 22. (Washington was actually born on February 11, 1732 under the Julian calendar in effect at the time of his birth, but it was changed to February 22, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752.)

In 1971, thanks to the Uniform Holidays Act, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February, and since Lincoln’s birthday (which was never a federal holiday, but honored in some states) fell on February 12, the push toward the “Presidents Day” moniker began. President Richard M. Nixon is even credited with issuing a proclamation calling the third Monday in February “Presidents Day,” but there seems to be evidence of only an executive order, which didn’t override federal statute. Officially, it remains “Washington’s Birthday” for the feds.

So how much do you really know about “The Father of Our Country”? Try this quiz and see.

1. George Washington’s teeth were made of:

A. Wood
B. Elk teeth
C. Lead

2. Washington threw an object across the:

A. Potomac
B. Rappahannock
C. Occoquan

3. Young George:

A. Cut down a cherry tree
B. Hacked at it until it died
C. Confessed to his father something he hadn’t done

Feel free to submit your answers. Check in on Tuesday to see if you’re right!

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