TALLAHASSEE, FL -- It's Columbus Day!
A day that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the new world. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states in the 18th century but officially became a federal holiday in 1937.
The holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage.
The Italian-born explorer had set sail two months earlier, backed by the Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.