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Library Spotlight: February 2021

Black History Month

Check out  the Libraries Black History Guide. This year we added a special tab highlighting some of the most influential African Americans from 2020.

Valentine's Day

Do you love Valentines Day so much you wish you could celebrate it for longer than just one day? Now you can, with Valentines Week! Keep social distancing measures in mind an only hug or kiss members inside your immediate household. 

  1. Rose Day: Sunday, February 7th, 2021
  2. Propose Day: Monday, February 8th, 2021
  3. Chocolate Day: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
  4. Teddy Day: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
  5. Promise Day: Thursday, February 11th, 2021
  6. Hug Day: Friday, February 12th, 2021
  7. Kiss Day: Saturday, February 13th, 2021
  8. Valentine’s Day: Sunday, February 14th, 2021


Billy Dick's History Corner

                 Picture of Billy Dick

February History

  • February 1st, 1942:  The United States Pacific Fleet launches its first carrier air strikes of World War II against Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands; the raids inflicted minor damage against Japanese installations and ships, and American airmen gained valuable combat experience early in the Pacific campaign.
  • February 1st, 1960:  Four students from North Carolina A & T University stage a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, launching a series of similar Civil Rights protests in several other Southern states.
  • February 3rd, 1959:  Rock musicians Buddy Holly,  J. P. Richardson (“The Big Bopper”), and Ritchie Valens are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa; the tragedy is later memorialized as “The Day the Music Died” by singer/songwriter Don McLean in his song, American Pie.
  • February 6th, 1922:  The Washington Naval Treaty is signed in Washington, DC, by the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, and Italy, limiting the number and size of warships for these countries.  (The USS North Carolina, in Wilmington, was built to the 35,000 ton limit specified by this treaty.)
  • February 8th, 1693:  The College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, was officially chartered by King William and Queen Mary; it is the second-oldest college in America, after Harvard.
  • February 15th, 1898:  An American battleship, the USS Maine, explodes and sinks in Havana Harbor, Cuba,  killing 261 American sailors.  The resulting crisis leads to the Spanish-American War.
  • February 18th, 1861:  Victor Emmanuel is proclaimed King of the newly-unified Italian state.
  • February 18th, 1952:  The crew of Coast Guard Lifeboat CG 36500 (Petty Officer Bernard Webber and three other Coast Guardsmen) rescue 32 survivors of the wrecked tanker SS Pendleton, in the face of a combined Nor’easter and blizzard; the incident is recounted in the book (and the movie) The Finest Hours.
  • February 24th, 1803:  In the case Marbury v. Madison, the United States Supreme Court first asserts its authority to rule legislation unconstitutional (“judicial review”).
  • February 25th, 1870: Hiram Revels is sworn in as the first African-American U. S. Senator.