Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day!

Today, October 12, is Columbus Day. How much do you know about this national holiday? Today is a great day to find out more!
In Spanish he is called Cristobal Colon, in Portuguese Cristovio Colombo and in Italian Cristoforo Colombo. Italian mariner and navigator Christopher Columbus was widely believed to be the first European to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and successfully land on the American continent.

The first recorded celebration honoring the discovery of America by Europeans took place on October 12, 1792 in New York City. ... In 1937, President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as 'Columbus Day' and in 1971, President Nixon declared the second Monday of October a national holiday.
Learn about the history of Columbus Day from the History Channel. Take a quiz, talk about the controversy, and watch videos and sound clips on the holiday.

Also see Today in History from the Library of Congress.

Here's a website with ideas for crafts, games, and food to make Columbus Day fun and celebrate a desire to discover and explore the world.

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