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Leif Erikson Day is October 9

leifLeif Erikson Day occurs on October 9.

It honors Leif Erikson (Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson, Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson or the Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson), the Norse explorer who was among the first Europeans known to have set foot in North America.

In 1929, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill to make October 9 “Leif Erikson Day” in the state.

That date was not chosen to commemorate any event in the life of the explorer – it actually marked the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States when the ship Restauration, coming from Stavanger, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825.

In 1964 the United States Congress authorized and requested the president to proclaim October 9 of each year as “Leif Erikson Day”

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