KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 21
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, the 295th day of 2020. On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate in New York. In 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2001, Washington, D.C., postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr. died of inhalation anthrax as officials began testing thousands of postal employees.
Trump's Columbus Day proclamation includes stark warnings
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s proclamation Friday commemorating Columbus Day veered from a typical White House holiday announcement, with stark warnings of “radical activists” seeking to tarnish the explorer’s legacy. Native American advocates have pressed states for years to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Christopher Columbus helped launch centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas. “Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy,” Trump said in his proclamation declaring Monday Columbus Day. Trump frequently cites the commission at his campaign rallies, and he did so again in his proclamation Friday. Trump has also ordered federal agencies to end diversity training programs.
Raza Heritage Month closes with Indigenous Peoples Day
By Asia Andrewssacfirstname.lastname@example.orgAbout 70 people attended the colleges second annual Indigenous Peoples Day ceremony Oct. 14 that closed out Raza Heritage Month. Indigenous Peoples Day was celebrated on the second Monday of October to recognize Native Americans. Torrez said Indigenous Peoples Day should replace Columbus Day to end the celebration of the conquests of a man gained through genocide, pillaging and rape.Columbus Day is a federal holiday established in 1968. Other states in the U.S. have started celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day and are taking steps to change history books to more accurately show Columbus role in the shaping of America, she said. The first discussions on changing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day began in 1977 when the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, met with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.theranger.org
Some states celebrate indigenous people instead of Columbus
In all, around 10 states observe some version of Indigenous Peoples Day, along with more than 100 U.S. cities. Native American advocates for years have pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus helped launched centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas. Maine, home to four federally recognized tribes, ditched Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day with an April bill signing by Democratic Gov. But Native Americans in some states have welcomed the change and said it was time to pay homage to Native Americans instead of Columbus. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/russcontreras___This story has been updated to correct the number of states that observe Indigenous Peoples Day.chicagotribune.com
Debunking the many Christopher Columbus myths
Columbus came in three ships known as the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Columbus only made one trip and came home richFalse: Columbus actually made four trips to the Caribbean, and despite bringing back gold, he died in poverty. True: Even though he didn't technically discover America, he did have a major impact in Atlantic exploration and eventually colonization. Columbus Day is a modern holiday established in the 1900's. False: President Benjamin Harrison established a celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of Columbus' landing in 1892.
DC Council votes to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
Yaotl Mazahua performs with the indigenous band Aztlan Underground during an event celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. (CNN) - This Columbus Day, Washington, DC, will be celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day for the first time. The DC Council voted Tuesday to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, but the change will only last a year. Councilmember David Grosso proposed the "Indigenous Peoples' Day Emergency Declaration Act of 2019." "After 5 years, the Council has approved emergency legislation renaming Columbus Day as #IndigenousPeoplesDay," Grosso said on Twitter.
How did Hispanic Heritage Month come to be?
A bust of President Lyndon Johnson is seen in the U.S. Capitol prior to a Capitol Hill luncheon (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images). National Hispanic Heritage Month is held annually from mid-September to mid-October, but what does that mean, exactly? The time period was first observed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. It started as Hispanic Heritage Week, until President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month in 1988. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.