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Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February; this year’s Presidents Day occurs on Monday, February 18. Originally established in 1885 to commemorate the birthday of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. 

Source: The History Channel

 




Take a listen to the “Presidential” podcast presented by the Washington Post

In 44 chronological episodes, the “Presidential” podcast takes listeners on an epic historical journey through the personality and legacy of each of the American presidents. Created and hosted by Washington Post reporter Lillian Cunningham, the podcast features interviews with the country’s greatest experts on the office of the presidency, including Pulitzer Prize–winning biographers Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, Jon Meacham, and Bob Woodward. Start listening at the very beginning, with the life of George Washington, or jump ahead to any president whose story you want to better understand.


Source: The Washington Post

 

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