Groundhog Day In Illinois
Cloudy, one of a groundhogs during Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL., on Groundhog Day 2002
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Feb. 2, 1887: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, binds a initial Groundhog Day celebration

The initial Groundhog Day jubilee wasn’t such a cruise for Punxsutawney Phil’s progenitors. When Punxsutawneyans collected on a hilltop famous as Gobbler’s Knob on this day, Feb. 2, in 1887, they did so not only to applaud a weather-forecasting necromancy of a groundhog — a rodent was also on a menu.