February 11, 2021
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On December 15, 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations decided to proclaim February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The goal is to eliminate all discrimination against women and promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in the sciences.
World Day of the Sick
World Day of the Sick, a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church, is an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous. February 11 marks the first apparition in 1858. The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16
National White Shirt Day
White Shirt Day honors workers who participated in the Flint Sit-Down strike that led to the unionization of the entire U.S. auto industry. The Flint Sit-Down strike began on December 30, 1936, at a General Motors Corporation plant in Flint, Michigan, and ended 44 days later on February 11, 1937. In 1948, Bert Christenson, a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, started the tradition of wearing white shirts every February 11 as a way to commemorate the end of the Flint Sit-Down Strike.