Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and the United States. The Battle of Puebla took place in 1862. General Ignacio Zaragoza led his Mexican army, outnumbered three to one, against Napoleon III’s French forces. Zaragoza won. Speeches, festivals, and parades are held nationwide. Young children could read Cinco de Mayo by Mary Dodson Wade. Idea: Children could have a Cinco de Mayo celebration. A piñata should be included.
Mary Kies patented in 1809 a straw and silk weaving system. She was the first woman granted a patent. Children can read more at: Mary Kies.
Cy Young in 1904 pitched baseball’s first perfect game. He did not let any opposing player reach first base. The Cy Young Award for pitching honors him. Children can view a list of Cy Young Award winners at: Cy Young Awards.
Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. Her book of poetry, Annie Allen, described the life of an African American girl growing up during World War II.
Alan Shepard, aboard Freedom 7, became the first American and the second man to travel in space. The year was 1961. The astronaut traveled about 115 miles into space at 5,000 miles per hour.