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Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day and Not Leif Erikson Day?

A statue of Leif Erikson, the Viking thought to have sailed to the Americas 500 years before Columbus, guards the Hallgrimskirkja Church in ReykjavÌk, Iceland.
Photograph by Arctic-Images, Corbis

Some consider Erikson to be the first European to reach America—and over a century ago, there was a push to recognize him over Columbus. What’s Spongebob Squarepants’ favorite holiday, besides April Fools’ Day? Unless you’re really into Vikings, you probably missed it. This past Friday was Leif Erikson Day, a …

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