Columbus Day: 5 Things You Didn’t Know – ABC News.

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Well-Being
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Columbus Day: 5 Things You Didn’t Know – ABC News.

An interesting article from ABC News on Columbus Day.

As today’s Columbus Day celebrations begin, marking Columbus’ 1492 arrival in the New World, here are some little-known facts about the explorer celebrated by Italian-Americans across the United States.

1.   When the  Columbus Day Holiday Began

In the U.S., it’s sometimes reported that the national holiday began in 1971, but that’s actually the date when Congress changed Columbus Day to the second Monday of October. In reality, Columbus Day became a national holiday much earlier, in 1937.  At that time, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the holiday would take place on Oct. 12 (the date Columbus first landed in the Bahamas).  But the first known Columbus Day celebration in the U.S. took place in New York City in 1792, long before it became a national holiday. Read More…

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  2. hansston says:

    Thanks for giving it a read, did you notice Meade explanation of the origins of the holiday?

  3. hansston says:

    Just wrote an essay on Columbus and preached it. Used the dates of August 2nd, 1492 and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and August 3rd Columbus’ departure.

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