February Factoids


Dates below are from the February 2017 calendar.*


February 1926: First Negro History Week observed. 50 years later in February 1976, Negro History Week expanded by Congress to National Black History Month. Learn more about Carter G. Woodson, the father of African American History. (Periscope)



Author and civil rights leader, W.E.B. Dubois was born February 2, 1868. (Periscope)

National Job Shadow Day. Take a peek at the Career Explorations Collection.



On February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment passed, granting right to vote to African Americans. (Periscope)



African American History (Collection) 



More February Features on Knowitall 



Orangeburg Massacre. On the evening of February 8, 1968,  three young African American males, were killed and twenty-eight other protesters were injured at South Carolina State University. (Collections)



Inventor Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio.

National Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. Stay positive and...

  • Find out how "milk" helps make healthy bones. (Healthy Hannah)
  • Did you know Jersey Cows are famous for the high butterfat content of their milk? (Zoo Minutes)
  • Nubian goats are the most popular of the six officially recognized breeds of dairy goats raised in the United States. (Zoo Minutes)
  • Tom Trantham, owner of Happy Cow Creamery has 90 cows that milk twice a day. (Palmetto Scene)



The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born February 12, 1809. (Periscope)

NAACP founded; became the largest and oldest civil rights organization in America. (Periscope)

On February 12, 1960, black students from Friendship Jr. College in Rock Hill had the first of many sit-ins at McCory's Five & Dime lunch counter.



Valentine's Day.  Also former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born February 14, 1817. (Periscope)



Dancer Bill T. Jones was born on February 15 1952 in Bunnell, Florida. (Artopia)



On February 17, 1865, General Sherman and his troops entered Columbia, South Carolina. (Mary Long Yesteryear)

By the morning hours of February 17, 1865, much of the city of Columbia was in flames, accompanied by a riot that had built steadily, so that most control was lost over the city. (Burning of Columbia)

On February 17, 1864, the history-making submarine H.L. Hunley made its last faithful run. (Project Discovery)



By February 18,1865, over one third of the city of Columbia lay in black, burnt ruins. (Burning of Columbia)



Sculptor Constantin Brancusi was born in Pestisani, a village in Southern Romania, on February 21, 1876. (Artopia)



Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Listen to Gullah Tales in English and Gullah by Aunt Pearlie Sue. (Gullah Net)



This scene from The Trojan Women was shot in the studio at South Carolina ETV in February 2004. (Artopia)



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