October marks several critical anniversaries that define America. In 1492, the face of Europe was changing. Spain was re-united under Ferdinand and Isabella and they immediately commissioned Christopher Columbus to find a path to India. Instead he found the New World, making his first landfall in the Bahamas. Thinking he had accomplished his mission, he called the first island natives he met, 'Indians.'
Two significant victories in the American Revolution were the cornerstones of victory for the colonies. The firs was on October 17, 1777 when British General John Burgoyne surrendered his army of 5,700 men after the Battle of Saratoga. Four year later on October 19, the British Army surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown, effectively ending the war. Another “cornerstone” was laid on October 13, 1792; George Washington laid the cornerstone of the White House.
ALERT: The October 12th event hosted by the AAGOP has been cancelled.
September starts with celebrating Labor Day, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. However, Oregon became the first state to pass legislation recognizing Labor Day followed by Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York later that year. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.