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Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy as US Holiday

The second Monday of October is Columbus Day in the United States, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas. The achievement is a source of pride for many, but for some the holiday is marked by controversy. October 12 is significant as the date explorer Christopher Columbus landed in what became known as the New World.  But many within the Italian American community also celebrate Columbus Day because Columbus was Italian. John Viola, president of the...

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