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How Presidents Day came to be

Would you be in a royal snit if people started going around changing your birthday? Probably not — if you were Zsa Zsa Gabor, who, by the way, is 93. George Washington’s birthday used to be celebrated on the actual date of his birth: Feb. 22. But about 30 years ago Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. And since Washington and Abraham Lincoln were both born in February, we now have the collective Presidents Day on the third Monday of this month. 

I have always admired George Washington for the courage and valor he seemed to possess. He must have been a great inspiration to all who knew him. He was also the first American citizen to have a federal holiday named after him. In 1791, Washington’s friend, the French artist and engineer Major Pierre L’Enfant, was given the honor of designing the city we now know as Washington, D.C. I could go on and on but the Internet is at your fingertips.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for the Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.