Did You Know? Countdown to Columbus Day (10/10)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Christopher Columbus’
Discovery of the Americas

Oct 10 : 01 day to Columbus Day

Did you know that the first official American commemoration of explorer Christopher Columbus occurred in 1892?

That’s when President Benjamin Harrison made a commemorative proclamation to mark the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage to the New World

Did you know that the state of Colorado was the first to observe Columbus Day, in 1905?

By 1937, the entire country had begun observing Columbus Day and President Franklin Roosevelt officially proclaimed October 12th for its celebration. This remained the case until 1971, when Congress declared Columbus Day a public federal holiday to be held on the second Monday of October.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain looking to find an alternative route to India. After sighting land, his fleet eventually landed on what is now know as the Bahamas. Columbus Day is a celebration of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas (the New World). Observed as a national holiday in the US and by Italian-Americans as a celebration of their culture and heritage.

Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Columbus Day which is celebrated on Monday October 11th, 2010.


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