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1: Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. "September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively. " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Hispanic_Heritage_Month

2: Antonia Novello Antonia Novello was born on August 23rd, 1994. She was born and raised in Figaro, Puerto Rico.At birth Novello, was diagnosed with congenital mega colon. It was very painful and Antonia had to go to the hospital many times as she was a kid.

3: Despite her problems ,she attended the University of Puerto Rico.After she graduated she married Joesph Novello.Antonia had many awards one of them was Surgeon General Medallion award.Antonia Novello had a good life!

4: Rita Moreno Rita Moreno has had a thriving career. She has been in show business for six decades. Moreno has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy. She also moved to New York from another country. Moreno became a professional actress when she was a teenager. Rita didn't retire until a very old age.

6: Ellen Ochoa Ellen was born on May 10,1958 in Los Angeles,California. Ellen loved math an to play the flute. Ochoa graduated from Grossmont High School. Ellen earned 3 degrees,she was an award winning flutist. She became the first Hispanic woman to be selected for the competitive corporation.

8: Franklin G. Farragut Franklin Farragut was born July 5, 1801 and died on August 14, 1870. Farragut became the first Hispanic American in the Naval Army. Surprisingly, Farragut caught on fast and became a flag officer in the Civil War. Soon Farragut became Vice Admiral of the Navy. In his last years, David commanded the Gulf Blocking Squadron in the battle of New Orleans. At the age of 69, Farragut passes away.

10: Franklin Diaz Franklin Chang Diaz was born on April 5, 1950 in San jose, Costa Rica. He was an engineer in physics before he became and astronaut. He was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1980 and first flew on STS-61C in 1986. When he was young he went to the Institute of Technology and University of Connecticut. The missions he attended were STS-111; STS-75; STS-34; STS-46; STS-91; and STS-66.

12: Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. He was named after his grandpa. His loving parents were so good to him. Chavez was a good man. He died on April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona. Everybody that looked up to Cesar Chavez was crying was he died.

14: Carlos Santana Carlos Santana was boron on July 20, 1947 in Autlar de Navarro Jalisco, Mexico. Carlos played football and baseball. he became famous in the 1960's. Santana is known for his music. He plays salsa jazz and rock music. HKe played the violin and the guitar.

16: Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz was born on March 2, 1917. His first job was cleaning canary cages. Desi Arnaz got married with a lady named Lucy. Lucy worked with him on a show named "I Love Lucy." On screen they were the irrisistable Ricardos.

18: Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente had a terrific career. He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico and died near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in an aviation accident. His body was never recovered. He was great because he helped earthquake victims and was involved in a charity for Latin Americans and Puerto Ricans. He delivered food and equipment to them. He worked in the U.S. marine Corps and after he became a major league baseball player. his first game was April 17, 1955, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first Latino to win the world series. his batting average was .317 and he has 3,000 hits with 240 home runs. Roberto played in the all star team 12 years straight and he was awarded the Babe Ruth award followed by the 12x Gold Glove Award. He won M.V.P. in the world series. This is his amazing life.

21: Esteban Bellan Esteban Bellan was born in the year 1850 in Havana, Cuba. Esteban Bellan played baseball in the United States. He played in the major leagues from 1869-1873. In 1869, he joined the Troy Haymakers. He later joined the San Francisco Giants. On august 8, 1932 Esteban Bellan died.

22: Selena Quintanilla Perez Selena was born on April 16 ,1971 in lake Jackson, Texas. She was known as "The Queen of Tejano". In 1987she won a Tejano Music Award . Her father was Mexican and her mom was Mexican -American . She started singing at the age of six . When she was nine her father found a group called Selena y Los Dinos .When Selena was thirteen in 1984 she printed her first album . When she was seventeen she earned a high school diploma from The American School of Correspondence. She died at age of twenty -three in March 31,1995 in Corpus Christi ,Texas .

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