Leif Erikson Day
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When is "Leif Erikson Day"?
Leif Erikson Day is always on October 9th!
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Origin of this holiday
Presidents have used the proclamation (see US Presidential Proclamations)praise the contributions of Americans of Nordic descent generally and the spirit of discovery.

In addition to the federal observance, some states officially commemorate Leif Erikson Day, particularly in the Upper Midwest, where large numbers of people from the Nordic countries settled. In 1930, Wisconsin became the first state to officially adopt this holiday, thanks to efforts by the Norwegian-American initiator, Rasmus B. Anderson. A year later Minnesota followed suit. In 1963, the U.S. Representative from Duluth, John Blatnik, introduced a bill to observe it nationwide. The following year Congress adopted this unanimously.

About the date
October 9 is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson's life. The date was chosen because the ship Restauration coming from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825 at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.

Who was Leif Erikson?
Leif Ericson (Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson) (c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse explorer who was probably the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland). According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, which has been tentatively identified with the L'Anse aux Meadows Norse site on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
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Who celebrates this holiday?
Celebrated in United States, Iceland and Norway: celebrating the first European landing in North America.
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What type of holiday is this?
This is a holiday by Presidential Proclamation.
This is a National Holiday celebrated in the USA.
This is a federal observance.
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Other October 9 holidays around the world
October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 83 days remaining until the end of the year.

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1968 U.S. postage stamp honoring Leif Erikson -------->

Leif Erikson Day is an American observance occurring on October 9. It honors Leif Ericson, who brought the first Europeans known to have set foot on North American soil, and the contributions of Scandinavian peoples to American society.

In 1964, Congress authorized and requested the President to create the observance through an annual proclamation. Lyndon B. Johnson and each President since have done so.
A statue of Leif Erikson near the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul dedicated on October 9, 1949.
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