Leif Erikson Day is every October 9th

Leif Erikson Day
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Happy Leif Erikson Day!

But who was Leif Erikson and why does he have a national day of observance?

Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance which occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans believed to have set foot in North America.

Leif Erikson (Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson, Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson or Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson)

The date ‘October 9’ is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson’s life. The date was chosen because the ship named ‘Restauration’ coming from Stavanger, Norway had arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825, at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.

Hey and this time we asked to come in instead of just showing up in longships and announcing how much silver it was going to cost you.  Sorry – Norwegian Viking humor.

So who was Leif Erikson?

Leif Erikson (970 – 1020 AD) was an Icelandic explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus.

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Njord Kane is an infantry and cavalry veteran who also served in law enforcement just prior to entering into the world of academia where he pursued the disciplines of military science, social psychology, and anthropology. Having left his profession, he now takes care of his adult autistic sons at home while passionately writing about early Norse and Mesoamerican culture and history at spangenhelm.com and readicon.com. Kane is also the author of numerous books including, The Vikings, The Maya, and The Viking Hero Series.

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