Today marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. Though the Italian explorer’s arrival actually occurred on October 12th, 1492, the holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October in America.
Columbus Day is officially observed in some capacity by most U.S. states and in a number of foreign countries. Some controversy surrounds Columbus Day, namely because of the treatment of indigenous peoples during European colonization of the Americas.
A new book, written by amateur historian and author Gavin Menzies, claims it was actually the Chinese who discovered the New World.