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Punxsutawney, PA, celebrates its first official Groundhog Day

On this day in 1887, Crowds gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, to watch their local rodent predict the arrival of spring. German immigrants to the area likely inspired this event, which is similar to historical Candlemas Day traditions. But organizers will later claim that ‘Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog.’

Featured image courtesy of Anthony Quintano, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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