Leif Erikson Day

Leif Erikson Day is a yearly recognition which happens on October 9.

It honors Leif Erikson (Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson, Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson, Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson), the Norse explorer who drove the first Europeans thought to have set foot in continental North America (other than Greenland).

The 1874 book America Not Discovered by Columbus by Norwegian-American Rasmus B. Anderson helped advance the thought that Vikings were the first Europeans in the New World, an idea that was everything except checked in 1960.

During his appearance at the Norse-American Centennial in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge gave acknowledgment to Leif Erikson as the pioneer of America because of research by Norwegian-American researchers such as Knut Gjerset and Ludvig Hektoen.

In 1929, Wisconsin became the first U.S. state to authoritatively embrace Leif Erikson Day as a state holiday, thanks in extensive part to endeavors by Rasmus Anderson.

In 1931, Minnesota did also. By 1956, Leif Erikson Day had been made an official recognition in seven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, and California) and one Canadian region (Saskatchewan).

In 1963, Senator Hubert Humphrey and Representative John Blatnik, both from Minnesota, acquainted bills with watch Leif Erikson Day nationwide.

On September 2, 1964, Congress unanimously approved and asked for the President to make the recognition through an annual proclamation.

Lyndon B. Johnson did with the goal that year,as has every president in the years since,often utilizing the announcement to laud the commitments of Americans of Nordic drop for the most part and the soul of disclosure.

Bills have been presented in the Parliament of Canada to watch Leif Erikson Day.

October 9 isn't related with a specific occasion in Leif Erikson's life.

The date was picked on the grounds that the ship Restauration coming from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825, starting a rush of movement from Norway to America.

Notwithstanding the government recognition, some U.S. states formally celebrate Leif Erikson Day.

It is commended in numerous networks, especially in the Upper Midwest and different spots where vast quantities of individuals from the Nordic countries settled.

It has for quite some time been watched in Seattle, Washington.

In 2012, the day was made authority in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Westby, Wisconsin has a town celebration to check the day.

There have been Canadian recognitions, including in Edmonton, Alberta and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The day is likewise observed in Iceland.