On This Day In The Viking Age
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9 October

Viking ship

Leif Erikson Day

On 9 October 1825, about 50 immigrants from Norway arrive in the U.S. This group is seen as the first ‘wave’ of Scandinavian immigrants to the U.S. One century later, president Coolidge recognises Leif Eiriksson as the first to discover America.

In 1929, Wisconsin makes Leif Erikson Day a state holiday in honour of the first wave of immigrants. Eventually, in 1964, US Congress agrees that the president can proclaim Leif Erikson Day nation-wide. It has been so proclaimed each year by every U.S. president since Lyndon B. Johnson.

Read all about it in National Geographic.

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