Abraham Lincoln's Actual Birthday Is Today

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For those who think that Abraham Lincoln and George Washington share the same birthday, and that is moves around every year, we have news for you. Today is actually Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

Abraham Lincoln's 201st birthday is February 12th, 2010. While not officially known as Presidents Day, the third Monday in February is generally associated with Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Washington's birthday is very close to Lincoln's, on February 22nd.

Lincoln has often been called the greatest president America has ever had. Given that, it's sometimes hard to understand why Abraham Lincoln's birthday has not been given its own holiday, aside from the fact that it is very close to Washington's birthday.

Abraham Lincoln's birthday was Feb. 12th, 1809. He was born in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, who were farmers.

Lincoln's presidency began in 1861. He was the 16th president of the United States, and served until his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865.

He led the nation through perhaps its greatest test, the Civil War. His speech at the the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, known as the Gettysburg Address, is considered one of the greatest of all time, despite its brevity and the fact that Lincoln was not even the primary speaker that day.

Written by Michael Santo

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