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History's Happenings for October 9

Washington Monument Opened to Public
1888

President George Wshington

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Roger Williams Banished from Massachusetts Colony
1635

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1701

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1776

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Boulder Dam Begins Transmitting Electricity
1936

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Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus

As its name implies, Columbus Day celebrates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World, on his first voyage in 1492. Though credited with discovering America, Columbus actually landed on the Caribbean island of Guanahani, one of the modern Bahamas, but his historic voyage opened a path to the New World that led eventually to the North American mainland.

And the date. Columbus actually arrived on October 12, 1492, but for our convenience, the Federal government rewrote this bit of history in 1968, so that the holiday occurs on the second Monday in October.

Another noteworthy occurrence for this day was the proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison that there should be a pledge to our flag. That first pledge was recited in public schools on the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World, October 12, 1892.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canada celebrates Thanksgiving for essentially the same reasons we do. Since their climate generally dictates an earlier harvest, they celebrate the holiday earlier.

In 1879, the Canadian Parliament specified a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated annually on November 6. It was later moved up to the second Monday in October, thus always coinciding with our Columbus Day holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving, neighbors!




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