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Reminder About Columbus Day Holiday

October 10, 2011 by John Rook

Happy Columbus Day!
All residents are reminded that Town of Cheshire offices are closed today in recognition of the holiday and there are no meetings scheduled for tonight. Also, schools across town are closed. Town offices and services will renew their normal schedules beginning tomorrow.
Now, here are a couple of interesting facts about Columbus Day:

*The first recorded celebration honoring Columbus was held in 1792 by the Society of St. Tammany in New York City. The ceremony was to honor the 300th anniversary of the landing in America by Columbus.
*The second Monday in October was declared a federal holiday in honor of Columbus in 1968, after years of being celebrated every year on October 12.
*While Columbus was Italian, he did not receive funding to make his journey from Italian authorities. Rather, it was King Ferdinand of Spain, along with Queen Isabella, who supported Columbus' efforts.
*The famous line "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue," first appeared in a book called Facts in Jingles, by Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr. in 1919. The line was the beginning of a small poem called "The History of the U.S." by Stoner, Jr., and continued on to say: "And found this land, land of the Free, Beloved by you, beloved by me."

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