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SINGLES AWARENESS DAY – February 15

SINGLES AWARENESS DAY

On February 15th, Singles Awareness Day reminds us that there’s nothing wrong with being single. In fact, the day after Valentine’s Day points out all the ways that singledom benefits our communities and more.

There are several benefits to being unattached. Singles can come and go as they please with no regard to a partner’s schedule, wants or needs. Career opportunity?  A single doesn’t need to consult a spouse before accepting an offer. It’s also easier for a single to keep up healthy habits. There isn’t anyone to sabotage their efforts to work out and eat healthily. Singles also tend to be more self-reliant and involved in their communities.

Singles come in all ages, too. Whether they’re single by choice or happenstance, recently single or pursuing singledom for the long haul, they tend to lead independent lives. However, that doesn’t mean they are alone. Singles may be raising a child or grandchild. They may be caring for a parent or sibling.

Despite the images of a spinster, a partying bachelor, a single’s lifestyle can take on quite a different look. They may take on many roles from a professional to a community leader, caregiver, and volunteer.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SinglesAwarenessDay

Take a closer look at the single people in your life. They may not need a matchmaker, just someone who doesn’t see them as a fifth wheel. Singles, participate in local events. Use #SinglesAwarenessDay to post on social media.

SINGLES AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

Our research has found that Singles Awareness Day has been around since 1999. In a blog post dated February 11, 2005, Mississippi State University student, Dustin Barnes lays claim to the creation of the day. According to his article, Barnes and his high school friends invented it “back in the day.” The earliest record we could find of the day in print is 1999. Another celebration has been taking place in the United Kingdom for some time. Some of the articles we found references to the celebration in the UK while others make no reference at all. Whether the observance was created in the US or crossed the pond and grew from there,  we can’t be sure.

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February 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1903

Morris and Rose Michtom create the first Teddy Bear inspired by a cartoon printed in the Washington Post depicting President Roosevelt sparing an orphaned bear cub.

1943

J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” poster is displayed in Westinghouse factories. The image depicting a woman with a red and white bandana, her sleeves rolled up and making a fist served as the iconic emblem of all the women who stepped into the roles of Rosie the Riveters and war jobs like those.

1950

Walt Disney’s animated film Cinderella opens in theaters.

1965

Canada officially inaugurates its Maple Leaf flag in a public ceremony.

February 15th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Cyrus McCormick – 1809

The American blacksmith is best known for inventing the mechanical reaper in 1831 and ushering in modern agricultural practices.

Susan B. Anthony – 1820

The American Quaker led a wave of reform for women’s suffrage and rights. Anthony was integral to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and though she never lived to see its passage, the amendment was named in her honor.

Harold Arlen – 1905

The prolific American composer produced some of stage and film’s most beloved tunes. His songs were both catchy and memorable. Some of his most popular included “That Old Black Magic,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Stormy Weather,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive.”

Caroline Robinson Jones – 1942

In 1986, the advertising executive founded her own ad company and soon was one of the most successful women in advertising. Her campaigns included marketing for Goodyear, KFC, McDonald’s, and many more.

Matt Groening – 1954

The American cartoonist has developed several animated television series including The Simpsons, Futurama, and Disenchantment.

Notable Mentions

Charles Lewis Tiffany – 1812
Ernest Shackleton – 1874
Jane Seymour – 1951
Chris Farley – 1964
Gary Clark Jr – 1984

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