October 9 is a special holiday–even if it isn’t widely celebrated. Friday is Leif Erikson Day, but some people might not know what exactly is being celebrated. Some may even be surprised to learn that one of SpongeBob SquarePants’ favorite holidays is real.
Leif Erikson is believed to be the first European to discover the continent of North America.
Leif Erikson Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1964. Every president makes an annual proclamation on the holiday, and they use it to highlight current events as well. In 2019, President Trump connected Erikson’s bravery to the mission to explore Mars:
Leif Erikson’s undaunted life of exploration began in Iceland — the same location where the Apollo 11 crew trained for its historic journey to the surface of the Moon. The bold spirit that propelled Erikson and his fellow mariners across an unknown ocean is the same spirit that