Columbus Day

While so many of our SHC facilities are still feeling the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew – and all our residents and stakeholders are safe and many returning to their “homes” we are so blessed to have such great teams that made this possible! And we would be remiss if we did not make note that in cities around our great nation Columbus Day is being celebrated with parades and fanfare….but did you know?
Before it became a legal federal holiday in 1971, many states celebrated Columbus Day on October 12.
• It marks Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America. He landed on the island of Guanahani in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492.
• Columbus and a crew of 90 people set sail about 10 weeks earlier aboard their ships – Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.
• Timeline: 1792 – The first Columbus Day celebration is organized by The Society of St. Tammany and held in New York City (300th anniversary of Columbus’ landing).
• 1892 – President Benjamin Harrison issues a proclamation establishing a celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing.
• April 7, 1907 – Colorado becomes the first state to declare Columbus Day a legal holiday.
• 1920 – Columbus Day begins being celebrated annually.
• October 12, 1937 – First federal observance of Columbus Day, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
• 1971 – Columbus Day becomes a legal federal holiday in the United States. Presidential Proclamation (PL90-363) states that the observance of Columbus Day is always on the second Monday in October.
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