Monday, October 9, 2006

Leif Erikson Day

This month seems to be filled with observances of the accomplishments of great European explorers. Today is not only Columbus Day. Today is also Leif Erikson Day.

Leif Erikson Day is a United States observance occurring on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, who led the first Europeans believed to have set foot on North American soil. ... October 9 is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson's life. The date was chosen because the ship Restauration arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825 at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.
There's little else to say about Leif Erikson Day, and I only found it notable and worthy of mention in light of it's proximity on the calendar to Columbus Day. Columbus Day is officially designated as the second Monday in October each year. Leif Erikson Day was authorized by Congress in 1964 and, depending upon an annual Presidential proclamation, occurs on October 9 each year. This year, those two days happen to coincide.


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