Text: H.J.Res.260 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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--H.J.Res.260--
H.J.Res.260
One Hundred Second Congress of the United States of America
AT THE FIRST SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January,
one thousand nine hundred and ninety-one
Joint Resolution
Designating October 1991 as `Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month'.
Whereas Italians and Italian-Americans have contributed to the United States in
all aspects of life, including art, science, civil service, military service,
athletics, education, law, and politics;
Whereas Italian-Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in the
United States;
Whereas, in recognition of the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus,
recognized as one of the greatest explorers in world history and the first
to record the discovery of the Americas, a national observance day was
established in October of every year;
Whereas the phrase in the Declaration of Independence `All men are created
equal', was suggested by the Italian patriot and immigrant Philip Mazzei;
Whereas the people of the United States take great pride in the accomplishments
of the many outstanding men and women of Italian descent who have enriched
our Nation's history such as Fiorello La Guardia, the beloved Mayor of New
York City, and Enrico Fermi, who won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics;
Whereas Italy enjoys a rich cultural heritage and has given the world the
great works of Dante, the breathtaking art of Giotti and Michelangelo,
and the inspirational music of Antonio Vivaldi and Domenico Scarlatti;
Whereas the Americas were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci;
Whereas Giuseppe Verdi, one of the world's most renowned opera composers,
was born October 10, 1813;
Whereas William Paca, an Italian-American, was one of the signers of the
Declaration of Independence; and
Whereas during October 1991 special attention will be directed at national,
State, and local programs that promote Italian heritage and culture: Now,
therefore, be it
 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
 of America in Congress assembled, That October 1991 is designated as
 `Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month', and the President is authorized
 and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United
 States to observe such month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.

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