Archive for October 12, 2008

October 12, 1937

October 12, 2008

One of the most important things that has happened on October 12 is that Columbus Day became a national holiday. This happened in the year of 1937.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Columbus Day celebration to be on October 12th every year. Then, in 1971, Congress changed the date to the second Monday of October to afford workers a long weekend.

Thanks to Mr. Gunderson’s 6th grade class at Virginia-Roosevelt Elementary School for the research on October’s Day in History.

Thanks also to Minnesota’s Learn and Serve America Service Learning Program for their help.