National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrating the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States as well as their heritage and culture.
- National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 through October 15, was first created by President Lyndon Johnson as National Hispanic Heritage Week. President Reagan later expanded the week to a full month in 1988!
- September 15 was selected as the date to celebrate the anniversary of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
- More than 400 million people worldwide speak Spanish.
- Spanish is the official language of 22 countries.
- St. Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, is celebrating its 450th year anniversary this month.
- Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person to serve on the United States Supreme Court!
- Ellen Ochoa was the first female Hispanic Astronaut in Space.
- Roberto Clemente was the first Hispanic inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
- Christy Turlington was the first Hispanic supermodel in the United States.