A few facts to know about Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday on the occasion of his 210th birthday on Feb. 12, 2019:
- Abraham Lincoln, the 16th United States president, was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky.
- States that currently list Lincoln’s birthday as a state holiday include Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri. New York observes as a floating holiday for some government workers.
- Lincoln’s Birthday is observed on the day after Thanksgiving in Indiana. This year’s date is Nov. 29.
- Hodgenville, Kentucky, the town nearest to Lincoln’s birthplace, holds two wreath-laying ceremonies on Feb. 12. One held at the town’s Statue Plaza in Lincoln Square, and also one at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. www.lincolndays.org/events/luncheon
- The Illinois State Society of Washington D.C. hosts a wreath-laying ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 (EST) at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. bit.ly/2BtfSom
- Lincoln’s birthday has never been a federal holiday. Historically, there have been attempts to persuade Congress, but politics prevailed.
- Lincoln is often named within the top three spots in over-the-years ranking of best United States presidents by historians and political scientists. His leadership during the Civil War earns him the acclaim.
- White Almond Cake dusted with confectioner’s sugar, baked by his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, is said to have been one of Lincoln’s favorite desserts (according to “Lincoln’s Table: A Presidential Culinary Journey from Cabin to Cosmopolitan,” by Donna D. McCreary. bit.ly/2E11Xr8. Find other versions of the recipe online, too).
Here’s what’s closed on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12, in Los Angeles County:
Los Angeles superior and state of California courts are closed.
Where to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in Los Angeles, Feb. 12.