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More Hispanic Heritage Month Facts

  • 7 million
    The number of Hispanics, 25 and older, who had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2015, representing 15% of the Hispanic American population.
  • 5 million
    Number of Hispanics 25 and older with advanced degrees in 2015 (e.g., master’s, professional, doctorate).
  • 5%
    The percentage of civilian employed Hispanics or Latinos 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2015.
  • 2
    The number of Hispanic American Nobel Prize Winners. American laureates include Luis Alvarez (Physics) and Baruj Benacerraf (Physiology or Medicine).


  • Octaviano Larrazolo was the first Hispanic woman U.S. Senator


  • There’s an advantage to speaking Spanish! Researchers from the University of Vermont have found an advantage and benefit of speaking Spanish but referring to the way Spanish-speakers express themselves. According to the researchers, people who converse in Spanish are more positive and speak in a more positive manner than those who speak other languages.


  • Hispanics are more open to mobile technology. A study from PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that Hispanics are more open to mobile technology than non-Hispanics. So more than likely, you’re looking at this post through your phone!

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15th to Oct 15. We celebrate the stories, cultures and most importantly the contributions made by Hispanics/Latino(a) Americans!

Here are 10 interesting facts about Hispanics!

  1. The U.S. Hispanic population is now at 57 MILLION people strong! We are the 2nd fastest growing ethnic group. We make up 18% of the U.S. population.
  2. As of 2016, 27.3 million Latinos and Latinas are eligible to vote but we still don’t exercise that right. Next election, I challenge you to boost that number!
  3. People of Mexican origin make up about two-thirds (35.3 million) of our nation’s Hispanics.
  4. As the number of U.S.-born Latinos rises, the number of new immigrants actually slows down.
  5. The diversity of Hispanic origin groups varies between major metropolitan areas. Along the East Coast, there is an obvious diversity of Hispanics than along the Southwest coast.
  6. Hispanics are the youngest of the major racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.
  7. Millennials make up almost half (44%) of the Hispanic electorate in 2016.
  8. Latinos make up the largest group of immigrants in most states.
  9. The 55% of Hispanic adults say they are Catholic but 16% are evangelical Protestants and 5 are mainline Protestants. *The number of Hispanic Catholics has actually declined since 2010.
  10. The share of Latinos in the U.S. who speak English proficiently is growing. Granted this is partially due to U.S.-born Latinos but let’s not split hairs.

I’d like to thank for these facts and numbers. Find the original article here.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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September 20, 2017 · 2:27 pm

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrates the cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. Although the title says Day, the entire month of March is Women’s history month!

According to the World Economic Forum, global gender equality is estimated to be achieved by 2133. This does not mean that we need to take away or discriminate against men. This year’s theme is  “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”

Show off your support on Social Media with the hashtags #InternationalWomensDay or #WCW

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Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th Birthday

Today would have been Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday. The famous author wrote such classics as “The Tell-tale heart” and “The Raven”. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts but died in Baltimore. Since 1949, an anonymous stranger had been leaving 3 red roses and half a bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave but he mysteriously stopped in 2009. Last year that tradition was revitalized in Baltimore. There will be birthday bash for Poe followed by a traditional apple cider toast to Poe.

Check out Poe’s works here at your Richard Burges Library.


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John Glenn 1921-2016

john-glenn-main-web-image Photo courtesy of NBC

John Glenn was a national hero even if he didn’t consider himself a hero. He passed away yesterday in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 95. It had been reported that he had been hospitalized “more than a week ago” according to Ohio State University spokesman Hank Wilson. He was at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University, but his illness was not disclosed.

When he first came into the spotlight, he was the all-American boy. He was the first man to orbit earth. After he retired as an astronaut, he served as a US senator for 24 years. Then in 1998, at the age of 77, he returned once again to space and became the oldest person to go into space. He served in the military and fought both in World War II and the Korean War. For his service, he received numerous medals including six Distinguished Flying Crosses. Glenn is survived by his wife of 73 years, Annie; his two children, John David and Carolyn Ann and two grandchildren.


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A date which will live in infamy

attack_on_pearl_harbor_japanese_planes_view Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy”. Today in 1941 was the day that the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the American Naval base in Oahu at 7:55 am, Hawaii Time. The Japanese appeared on the radar but the Americans were expecting a flight of B-17s that morning from the mainland which is why the alarm wasn’t sounded. When 360 Japanese war planes started to dive bomb the base, it caught us unaware. Many of the military personnel at the naval base were given passes to attend religious services that morning.

The attack was devastating to the Pacific fleet: 5 of 8 battleships, 3 destroyers, and 7 other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. As many as 1,200 people were wounded and a total of 2,400 people lost their lives. The Japanese lost around 30 planes, 5 midget submarines and less than 100 men. Thankfully for the U.S., 3 carriers were out on training exercises and were spared any damage. Those same carriers would get revenge against the Japanese at the Battle of Midway only 6 months later.

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