The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Why Bother With Columbus Day??
20 July 2009
Today the United States and the world remembers the historic 20 July 1969 landing of the lunar module Eagle (Apollo 11) on the moon, and human's first step upon the moon.
Why forty years later is this uniquely American endeavor not a U.S. national holiday?
Because the United States continues to have the inane 'America Discovered' holiday of Columbus Day. A national holiday celebrating the 'accomplishment' of an Italian national, sailing for the Spanish government to find a route to China, but landing in what is now the British Bahamas instead. Not quite the site of the future U.S.
Columbus Day is also celebrated in Spain. And as we understand it no where else. Of course.
Incidentally Leif Ericson was the first historically recorded European to land on North America. He did so and started a settlement about 5 centuries earlier (1003 AD). Of course his party was greeted by the local indigenous population.
So much for Columbus being "first."
"That's one small step for (a) man. One giant leap for mankind."
Neil Armstrong, United States, 20 July 1969