Americans officially celebrate the annual holiday of Columbus Day on the second Monday of every October. Before 1970, celebrations always occurred on the very day that Christopher Columbus discovered the new world – October 12th. It was on this day in 1492 that the Italian explorer thought he had arrived in Japan, only in actuality to have found the American continent. This is what history reflects. For 500 years, educators taught that Columbus discovered America. Perhaps by now, the fact that he was not the first to step foot in the Americas may be well established.