In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage to find a shorter trade route to Asia. He traveled west and accidentally landed in the Americas, spawning the era of European exploration in the New World.
The first celebration of his discovery did not take place until October 12, 1792—exactly 300 years after his landing. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, observed each year on the second Monday of October.
Today is also Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which serves as a counter-holiday to Columbus Day. Observed in at least 10 states, it is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of the Native Population.
Take a moment today to learn something new about Christopher Columbus and commemorate his voyage to the New World. Happy Columbus Day!
- October 12, 2020 is also Canadian Thanksgiving | World Egg Day | Indigenous Peoples' Day | National Gumbo Day
- October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month | National Dessert Month | National Breast Cancer Awareness Month | National Chili Month | National Pasta Month | National Roller Skating Month | National Principals Month
- This week is World Rainforest Week