Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
When is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday? This event is always observed on February 12
Today is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, a February 12 holiday. Every American knows President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. He is one of America’s greatest presidents. “Honest Abe”, as he was commonly known, was born in the wilderness country of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. In modern times President Lincoln and all of the U.S. Presidents, are celebrated on President’s Day.
Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861. Although he hated war, he was drawn into it as he believed it was the only way to save the nation, after the southern states declared their secession from the Union.
In addition to serving as president during the civil war and saving the Union, Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation which ended slavery in the U.S. forever. He also wrote and gave The Gettysburg Address, memorializing the bloodiest and most important battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg proved to be the turning point of the war.
Shortly after the war ended, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre.
How to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
- Learn more about Honest Abe.
- Read a book about the Civil War.
- Watch a movie or documentary about the Civil War.
“That some achieve great success is proof that others can achieve it as well.” – – Abraham Lincoln
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