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Presidents' Day, Feb. 17, honors all U.S. presidents past and present

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(Feb. 17, 2014) -- Monday, Feb. 17 is Presidents' Day, which many see as a day for stores to have big sales. Actually, since 1971, it is a day to honor U.S. presidents past and present.

Like The University of Texas at San Antonio, many schools and universities are open on the federal holiday. Observed on the third Monday in February, on this day financial markets, banks, courthouses, some schools, many city and county offices, and federal offices are closed. Additionally, U.S. mail is not delivered.

The holiday was established in 1885 to honor President George Washington on Feb. 22, his birthday. In 1971, the U.S. Uniform Monday Holiday Act changed the name to Presidents' Day and moved five federal holidays to Monday with the goal of creating more three-day weekends for many Americans.

The dates the Uniform Monday Holiday Act set are:

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday: third Monday in January (formerly Jan. 15)
  • George Washington's Birthday: third Monday in February (formerly Feb. 22)
  • Memorial Day: last Monday in May (formerly May 30)
  • Columbus Day: second Monday in October (formerly Oct. 12)
  • Veterans Day: fourth Monday in October (formerly Nov. 11; subsequently returned to Nov. 11 in 1978)

While several states and some communities still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and others, Presidents' Day is now widely accepted as the day to celebrate all presidents.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
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