The immigrants' Candlemas tradition traces back as far as the early 1700s when they began arriving in Pennsylvania.
People came in droves amid frigid 10 degree temperatures to watch Phil as he curiously popped out of his dugout just before 7:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning. The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper of Punxsutawney, Penn., first mentioned Groundhog Day predictions in 1886.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.
Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.
Brexit: Deal or no
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the government "has had two-and-a-half years to negotiate and has failed to do so". Parliament had been due to rise for recess on Thursday, 14 February and return on Monday, 25 February.
Why's The Groundhog In The Ground Anyway?
The groundhog has seen his shadow 103 times, making predictions of long winters more common.
Male groundhogs emerge early to look for a mate.
Chicago Bulls to waive Carmelo Anthony
The Bulls had acquired Anthony on January 22 from the Rockets in a trade that similarly provided Houston luxury tax relief. At the time, a league source told ESPN he would not play a game with Chicago, but would instead be waived at some point.
PlayStation Plus Free Games for February Revealed
Right now, PlayStation is offering 10% off a monthly Spotify Premium subscription when bought through the PSN Store on your PS4. There are some 92 million PS4s in the sweaty palms of customers, so Seagate's upgrade market looks pretty good at first glance.
Wales coach Gatland revels in Six Nations comeback
You see on big European nights in Munster, Leinster and the other provinces, how tough a place they are to go. There were only two tries scored when Wales last visited the Stade de France in the Six Nations in 2017.
Osinbajo’s chopper crash-lands in Kogi
According to a tweet by his spokesman, Laolu Akande , Osinbajo and all the occupants of the chopper are safe. His strategy, analysts said, is important to the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
ISIS Threatens Mariah Carey Concert in Saudi Arabia
However, her decision to play there has been slammed by activists due to Saudi Arabia's poor record on human and women's rights. Saudi female artist Ms Saffaa wrote on Twitter: "Will @ MariahCarey be singing "It's a long road when u face the world alone".