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STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY – January 13

Stephen Foster Memorial Day - January 13

STEPHEN FOSTER MEMORIAL DAY

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is observed annually on January 13th.

Born on July 4, 1826, Stephen Foster became known as the father of American Music.  Foster wrote over 200 songs in his short life.  His best-known compositions are “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Old Black Joe,” and “Beautiful Dreamer”  and are still very popular today.  Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37.

HOW TO OBSERVE

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HISTORY

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is a United States Federal Observance Day according to Title 36 of the United States Code. It was made law in November of 1966 and was first celebrated in 1967.

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