The United States Congress declared Nov. 11 Armistice Day on May 13, 1938. This national holiday was made to commemorate the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, and it was dedicated to world peace and honoring the soldiers who fought in the war.Know More
The holiday was known as Armistice Day until June 1, 1954, when it was officially renamed Veteran's Day to include those soldiers who fought in World War II and the Korean War. Veteran's Day is still a national holiday as of 2014 and has been celebrated on Nov. 11 every year since 1954 with one exception.
Between the years of 1971 and 1977, Veteran's Day was changed to the fourth Monday of October to ensure federal employees received a three-day weekend during the holiday. However, after much confusion and protest, President Gerald Ford signed a law changing it back to the original date, starting in 1978.
If the holiday falls on a Saturday, then the federal government observes it on the previous Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, then it is observed on Monday.Learn more in US History
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the U.S. President who established Thanksgiving in 1941 as the national holiday known today, which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. While in 1863, Abraham Lincoln established a Thanksgiving holiday on the last Thursday in November, the declaration only applied to the northern states, and it was an act of Congress following the Civil War that made it a national holiday.Full Answer >
Contrary to what has been stated by Republican party members, Martin Luther King, Jr. never declared that he was a Republican. In fact, he never identified with either political party and was not considered a Democrat either.Full Answer >
Lapageria rosea, commonly known as the Chilean bellflower or copihue, was declared the national flower of Chile in 1977. Lapageria is the genus of flowering plants of which L. rosea is the only species.Full Answer >
The first state to recognize Christmas as an official United States holiday was Alabama in 1836. Arkansas and Louisiana officially recognized Christmas 2 years later. Christmas was an important seasonal holiday in the South while the Northern states typically saw the celebration as sinful.Full Answer >