Ten fun facts about Columbus Day
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Columbus Day was named a federal holiday in 1937.
Although Columbus sailed from Spain, he was actually born in Italy.
The day is celebrated in many places around the world with several different names. For example, in Latin America it is called Día de la Raza to commemorate the arrival of Hispanic peoples in the New World. It is also known as Día de las Americas in Uruguay and Fiesta Nacional in Spain.
People have been commemorating this event since colonial times, but Colorado was the first state to make the day an official holiday in 1906.Fact 5
San Francisco has the oldest continuously running Columbus Day celebration in the US. Its annual Columbus Day parade started in 1868.Fact 6
Columbus was actually looking for Asia on his voyage but obviously he didn’t find it here. Amerigo Vespucci, who gave the country its name, was the first to realize that these lands were not part of Asia.Fact 7
Ninety men set sail with Columbus on his first voyage.Fact 8
It took 35 days for the first sailor to spot land.Fact 9
On Oct. 12, 1492, Columbus landed in the Bahamas, becoming the first European to explore the Americas since the 10th century.Fact 10
Columbus Day first became a Colorado state holiday in 1906. It was designated a federal holiday in 1937. However, three states (Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota) do not recognize it at all. Click here for more holiday facts ❯
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