National Hispanic Heritage Month
The Hispanic culture has been a major part of America long before the British Settlers came. The first reconition to this great race was given by President Lyndon Johnson when he made September 15 (Central America's Independence Day) the start of Hispanic Heritage week. In 1988, President Ronald Regan extended the celebration thur October 15th to include Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza). The United States takes this time of year to honor the Hispanics (past and present) that have contributed to our society. A few are listed below.
Hispanic Facts about the U.S.A.
- St. Augustine and Santa Fe were Hispanic cities founded before Plymouth Rock.
- The first female Hispanic astronaut was Ellen Ochoa, whose first of four shuttle missions was in 1991
- I Love Lucy was the first televised network show to have a Hispanic star in a leading role. After 60+ years, Desi Arnaz is still a major icon.
- Joan Baez was the first Hispanic entertainer to be placed on a Time magazine cover in 1962.
- Selena's unfinished crossover album, Dreaming of You, was released on 18 July 1995 and became the first vast majority Spanish-language album to top the Billboard 200 and sold 175,000 units its first day of release.
Since the Hispanic Culture is now a major part of my life, (My children are Hispanic), I will be celebrating the many Hispanics that have enriched our society on my blog (Livin' La Vida Loca) during September and October.