In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but, despite four separate trips, he never set foot in North America. The first recorded Columbus Day celebration held in the United States was in New York on Oct. 12, 1792, to honor Italian-American heritage. In 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Oct. 12 to be a national holiday known as Columbus Day.

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