SECOND CUP: It's Columbus Day!

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2019-03-04 09:36:49-05

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.