Lincoln Memorial statue in Washington D.C.
Lincoln's Birthday is a legal holiday celebrated in some states on the 12 February.
Abraham Lincoln's birthday is still a state holiday in California, Connecticut, Missouri, and Illinois, falling on 12 February, regardless of the day of the week.
Indiana recognises Lincoln's Birthday as a holiday on the day after Thanksgiving.
Abraham Lincoln, was born on 12 February 1809 in LaRue county, Kentucky. He became the 16th president of the United States in 1860. Notably he was president during the American Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Less than two weeks after the surrender by the Confederates, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth as he watched a play at the Ford's Theatre on 14 April 1865.
The day is marked by the laying of wreaths at his birthplace in Kentucky and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
There is some debate over when Lincoln's Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday. Despite efforts by some to make it a legal holiday, it always suffered as Lincoln's birthday was close to that of a previous famous president, George Washington, who was born on 22 February, whose birthday was already taking hold as a national holiday.
The unofficial renaming of Washington's birthday as Presidents' Day is a way of honoring both Washington and Lincoln and of course, the contribution that all Presidents have made to the United States of America.