Cristoforo Columbo, a Genoese navigator sailing under the Spanish flag, landed on the Caribbean island of Guanahani in the New World -- Columbus Day will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 13 this year.Although Oct. 12, 1492 is the date that
His landing was the harbinger of a decades of Spanish conquest, the enslavement and slaughter of the indigenous peoples and the rape of the land for natural resources.
For modern day U.S. Citizens, however, it is a federal holiday but not a national one, so most of us have to work but cannot get to the bank.
The mail will not come on that day, nor will the courts be open, so no jury duty for anyone.
Federal offices will be closed -- wait, aren't they closed anyway because of the government shutdown? -- and also county offices.
However, you can still go and stand in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices; they will all be open.
Oh and lest the kids think they are getting a break, no joy there; Hermosa Beach school is in.