Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Ronald Regan was born on this day in 1911 in Tampico, Illinois.

While best known for redefining the purpose of government, pressuring the Soviet Union to end the Cold War, and solidifying the conservative agenda for decades to come as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan was also a fulfilled college athlete at Eureka College, a Hollywood Actor, and the Governor of California.

Rosa Parks Day

In 1997, the Michigan Legislature commemorated the significant role Mrs. Rosa L. Parks has played in the history of the state of Michigan and the nation when the Legislature declared that the first Monday following February 4 of each year shall be known as “Mrs. Rosa L. Parks day” through the passing of PA 28 of 1997.

Michigan College Goal

MI College Goal began in Michigan in 2004 in cooperation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the Lumina Foundation for Education. Since its inception, thousands of students in Michigan have received help in completing their FAFSA financial aid form on time.

Go Red for Women Day

National Wear Red Day is a day in February when many people wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease. Additionally, more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. That’s why this February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts is encouraging African American men to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Michigan Central Railroad

On this day in 1838, passengers rode the Michigan Central Railroad for the first time from Detroit to Ypsilanti.

The Michigan Central Railroad was originally incorporated to establish a rail service between Detroit and St. Joseph. Going on to operate in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, the Michigan Central Railroad went on to be controlled by the New York Central Railroad, which later became Penn Central and the Conrail, and the to Norfolk Southern who currently owns much of the former Michigan Central trackage.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month! As Gerald Ford said in 1976 when the U.S. government first recognized Black History Month, use this time to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later.