Why We’ll Always Remember February 2020

February 10, 2020

Here at Xyza, we think every month is interesting, but this February takes the cake. What makes February 2020 a month to remember?

908 Years Ago …
On 02.02.2020, people experienced something that rarely happens: The date was an eight-digit palindrome, or a phrase that can be read forward or backward. It’s such a rare occurrence that the last time this happened was over 908 years ago on 1.1.1111! Memorable? We’d say so!
Interesting facts: The longest known palindromic word is saippuakivikauppias, a nineteen-letter Finnish word. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the longest palindromic English word is tattarrattat, which means a knock on the door!

via Pixabay

It’s A Leap Year!
Every four years, we get to enjoy an extra day in February. If you’re not sure why, it’s simple. Earth doesn’t complete its orbit around the sun every 365 days exactly. It actually takes Earth 365 1/4 days to complete its orbit. Therefore, every four years, there’s an extra day in February!

Anthony Quintano [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Where’s My Shadow?
Heard of Groundhog Day? It’s not an official holiday but rather a tradition that began back in 1887. Every year, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, who lives in … you guessed it … Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, predicts how much longer winter will last. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, spring will come early. It’s a fun tradition, but you shouldn’t base your wardrobe decisions on the predictions of a groundhog. Even so, this year, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which means spring, here we come! But how is that special you might ask? Punxsutawney Phil has only predicted an early spring nineteen other times—that’s nineteen out of his one hundred and thirty-three predictions!

Addressing The Nation While On Trial

By United States House of Representatives, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57398786

For only the second time in US history, a president delivered an in-person State of the Union address during his impeachment trial. The first was in 1999 when Bill Clinton was on trial, and the second happened this month.

This February is turning out to be a very interesting month. What are some of the events that will make this February memorable for you?