Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:33:14 GMT | By Simón Gómez
Great moments and iconic figures in Hispanic history

A Heritage to Celebrate

Miguel Cabrera / Roberto Clemente (© Orlin Wagner/AP; Gregory Bull/AP)
  • Miguel Cabrera / Roberto Clemente (© Orlin Wagner/AP; Gregory Bull/AP)
  • Juan Ponce De Leon (1460-1521) (© Universal Images Group/Getty Images)
  • UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1935: Mexicans come to California to support seasonal plantings (© Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
  • MEXICO - CIRCA 1911: The revolution in Mexico (1910-1920) (© Harlingue/Getty Images)
  • Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo (© Library of Congress)
  • Mrs. John F. Kennedy (C) and Dr. George Garza (© Art Rickerby/Getty Images)
  • Mexican actor Ramon Novarro being greeted by his sister Carmen Samaniegos (© AP Photo)
  • 1954 Supreme Court Judges (© AP Photo)
Orlin Wagner/AP; Gregory Bull/APShow Thumbnails
Previous1 of 16Next
Share this Gallery

Even though it may sound counterintuitive, it is impossible to attribute the entire American Latino experience to one single group of people. Latinos, Hispanics, or whatever you want to call them, are far from being a homogeneous crowd. They are an amalgam of vastly diverse cultures and groups of people with only two main links among them: a single language and now one country to call home – country that’s become as diverse as the Latino culture.

Today Latinos are the largest minority in the United States. According to the 2010 Census, Latinos account for 16.7 percent of the total population of the United States. If Latinos were given 16.7 percent of the year to celebrate their heritage, the celebration would last for roughly 60 days instead of the 30 days that now make up Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month is the 30 days between September 15 and October 15 put aside by Congress for the nation to honor its Latino community. It is also when we remember and share with you some of the outstanding figures and a few of the important milestones of the Latino experience in America.

Oct 7, 2012 9:17AM
Someone posted when is it going to be whites day....In this great country of ours everyday is whites day...I am proud to call myself an American our country is made up of differant races each has good and bad....Why do we always let the bad shine, why do we put the spot light on the bad?   There is a quote that says,"Let All Good Men Come To The Aid of THEIR COUNTRY" so register to vote and get out and VOTE...  So we take time to HONOR EACH DIFFERANT RACE AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR....GIVE HONOR WHERE HONOR IS DUE IN THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY...WELFARE WASN'T MADE BY ONE RACE....This used to be the land of the Indians and Texas used to be Mexico until the United States took over....Come on lets start looking for the good that each one of us gives to the great country and LETS UNITED AND REGAIN THE GROUND WE HAVE LOST BY OUR HATEFUL WORDS, LETS MAKE A CHANGE GET INVOLVED YOU DO COUNT...
Oct 7, 2012 8:39AM
They will take our jobs,, they dont speak our language, they are not Educated.... Headlines from a newpaper in the 1880's talking about the Irish. Is history repeating itself?   The beauty of our country is our diversity. Dont be a hater! 
Oct 7, 2012 7:52AM
simon fan, I hate to tell you that you are right but also wrong because you don't speak spanish and english and our high school offer it. As a cuban american whom served in the armed forces I am also tire of people talking about other people inabilities to speak, write or read english. Intead we should focus on teaching them. But that's to easy for the politicians to do. I would like for you to hire a negro to see if they work in the farms, they would say you are a laughter, a joke simonfan for saying that, even youself, even the white think they can work in farms when in fact they never did. Not to say Chavez is the leader, infact Chavez never worked on a farm so why should he be the icon, a person that never laid their hands on a farm. You go and pick grapes, peach, pinea.pple and other fruits by hand. You feel the heat of the sun rays hitting your head making you sweat, the back pain from bending down and up, and caring the wooden boxes full of peaches. Cezar Chavez was a politician from arizona and not california. I did when I was 11 years old, I can still remember the farmland of peaches, the poor neighborhood, etc., then I came back to my home and forgot about it because of school.
Oct 7, 2012 9:04AM
Don't forget that this Country was first visited by Columbus, financed by Spain. So, the spanish language was here before the english language. The American Indian learned spanish before they ever heard english. The white man is the only one who thinks they were first. The only thing they were first at, was raping and killing women and children during their invasions.
Oct 7, 2012 9:14AM
helo every one ,this is a free countrie ,go to school an learned how to speak spanish,y might like it.also i was born in tampa fla and spoke english and spanish ,an not every one thinks like some ,about who lives here or speaks here,be loving an supported of all race.We r over populated,an trying to hav the same dream.we r not going to be here one day so lets enjoy each other. whites black hispanic china dutch islam or two buck two we got to get along or this world is going to be in trouble, Treat a person with repect,we all want the same things.Read y bible stay in gods words it tells it all .we cant judge only god has the last word ,so please be loving ,the evil wil not harm y if y r true and respect every one on earth ,no matter if they r poor.Give of your self an it wil give back .god bless y
Oct 7, 2012 12:37PM
Sad to see all the negative comments, we r all brothers and sisters created by the same GOD. No matter where we were born....
Oct 7, 2012 11:51AM
Life is great!, the country,not perfect,still the best there is...some people...suck!
Oct 7, 2012 7:28AM

If you learn to spell English you may land a job Simon. There is spell check at the bottom of the comment box!


Oct 7, 2012 11:45AM
How about listing Judge Albert Pena of San Antonio Texas?  He was known as the Dean of Chicano Politics.  He was a great man who filed the first Civil Rights Discrmination Law Suit in the state of Texas in the 1960s on behalf of his pro bono client.  He was one of the founding fathers of Lulac, Maldef and a Union Organizer for Farm workers.  He also stood up when others would not.  He literally took his life in his hands to do so during a time when it was not popular or used for obvious political gain.  He frequently helped poor people and would accept NO money for his legal services.  He stood tall in what he believed in and did so because IT WAS RIGHT and not something that provided a profit base.  Where are Politicians such as this when we need them??????? We sure could use a wonderful, Fair, balanced and non discriminatory person like this now.  He also stood up for the rights of Women, he was not threatened by them as so many men are sadly.  He also said that it made good voting sense to include over 50% over the population.  I sure miss him.
Oct 7, 2012 1:57PM
American915 don't forget the Italians, the Germans and so on. All this HATE from
the whites who took this country from the Native Americans, ( the only ones here when inmigration began in this country), by killing and labeling them
 savages, when all they were doing was protecting themselves. 
 I bet those who are spitting hate here 
are the generations removed from those who came to this country to seek the 
same freedoms the modern day  inmegrant is seeking.  Read what the Bible says
about  those who are strangers in another land, Leviticus 19:33-34, Matthew 25:35, Deutenonomy 
10:18, to name a few, and read what God has to say about having MERCY on one another.

Oct 9, 2012 2:04PM
Love,prosperity,enlightenment and peace for you and neighbor..
Oct 7, 2012 1:11PM

  I'm from Texas and I truly believe the mexicans got a raw deal. You know the out rider  and a that was dispatched from the Alamo was a fellow by the name, Jaun Seguin, he rode to get help from Sam Houston forces he latter returned with fifth teen men but was to late.

  After we won the war with Mexico, Texas took his ranch and kicked all of the mexicans, out of the country. If you look at the list of people who died at the Alamo you will notice a large group where spanish or Mexican, and to think them we kicked them out of the country.  Most mexican raiders after the war, never  thought of themselves as cattle thieves, they simply thought they were just collecting Grandma's cattle.

   No good deed goes unpunished.

Oct 7, 2012 7:52AM
There's nothing like good, intelligent debate....
Oct 7, 2012 10:18AM
A  latino actor or hispanic or brown as, some say,is working on a set of a new series filmed in NY and he is working next to a  african american of light complexion,there also is a new comer to set,who happens to be african american,who has been talking aloud since arriving on set,even after the director yells action for the scripted dialogue to start. The assistant director starts yelling to the latino actor and the actor next to him to shut up,the person making all the noise keeps making noise, one of the stars,who happens to be african american,playing a detective, screams and walks pointing fingers in a violent manner to  the two actors ,who do not know what is going on.All the assistants, are near the person disrupting the scene,but don't do anything.....Discrimination?...
Oct 7, 2012 8:17AM

Juan Ponce de Leon died in 1521 when he was 47.


Oct 7, 2012 12:36PM

this is a great place to live. thats why so many people or comeing over here, other states u cant do nothing , or you have no voice . you can get kill,ed by speaking out. and it can get better we all have to help out.


Oct 7, 2012 4:48AM
Hey Luis,..looks like nobody is here,...let's sneak across the first comment
Oct 7, 2012 7:26AM

How about the historic day when Hispanics discovered birth control...oh wait, that hasn't happened yet

Oct 7, 2012 10:50AM
Why we have an Hispanic Heritage Month when the only hispanic people in the world are the ones born in Spain? The Romans called Spain "Hispania" when they colonized Europe. I think that the correct name for the Spanish speaking people in the US is Latino for the simple reason that Spanish is just the Vulgar Latin spoken by people on the street in the Roman Empire
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Apps to Spark Your Love Life