of October 8, 2001
Happy Columbus Day!
October 12 marks the 509th Anniversary of
Christopher Columbus landing in the New World in 1492!
To celebrate, enjoy the trivia dedicated to this Great Explorer.
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Tierra!" -- Words shouted from a seaman aboard the Pinta,
on October 12, 1492, at 2:00 a.m. It means "Land! Land!" Did
you know the Pinta was one of the three ships
Columbus used during his first voyage to the New World?
The other two ships were named the Niña and the Santa
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had to swim six miles to shore, the financing of his voyage across
the Ocean Sea, and his four voyages to the New World. Be sure to
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This Week's Trivia Question:
How many voyages did Christopher
Columbus make to the New World?
Who was the first American woman in space?
Ride. On June 27, 1983, Astronaut Sally
Ride was part of a five-person crew aboard Shuttle Challenger on
STS-7, and she became the first American woman Astronaut in space.
Ride spent a total of 14 days and 8 hours in space. Did
you know Kathryn
Sullivan was the first American woman
to walk in space? Sullivan spent three-and-a-half hours outside
the Shuttle Challenger on October 11, 1984.
(left) and Kathryn
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you know Christopher Columbus landed in the New World on October
Yes, and many regions
Columbus' accomplishments in different
ways. The United States celebrates Columbus' first voyage to the
Americas with a holiday on the second Monday in October. This holiday
is called Columbus Day. It has also been called Discovery Day and
Landing Day. Some cities, like New York City, Los Angeles, and San
Francisco, have parades. Did you know
the city of Columbus, Ohio, is named after Christopher? Spain and
South America celebrate Christopher's accomplishments on October
12. Spain calls it National Day. Some South American cities place
flowers around statues of Christopher.
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Columbus is my hero because he was an explorer.
He had lots of adventures and discovered new things. When I grow
up I want to be an explorer too. I enjoy going outside and playing
in the trees, bushes, dirt, and sand. When I get a boat, I want
to also explore the water, just like Christopher Columbus."
-- Jill from Connecticut
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Q: Did Christopher
Columbus really discover America?
Yes and No. When Christopher
Columbus landed in the New World on October
12, 1492, other people had already been living there for thousands
of years. Therefore, Christopher did not discover it in the perspective
that he was the first person to reach the land. However, Christopher
is credited with discovering the Americas from the European point
of view. Before Christopher's discovery in 1492, the Europeans thought
the world consisted only of Europe, Africa, and Asia. They did not
know North and South America existed. This is why when Christopher
discovered these lands, the Europeans called it the New World. Christopher's
voyage opened the minds of Europe to other parts of the world and
discovered the Americas for the Europeans. Read
more about the times Christopher lived.
Columbus takes his
to the ocean for an afternoon cruise on the Santa María.
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