KERRY TO SPEAK ON CINCO DE MAYO.Byline: Daily News
It's Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo
(Spanish; “Fifth of May”)
Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. The French army, better-equipped and far larger than the Mexican army, had been sent by Napoleon III to conquer Mexico. !
Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, commemorates Mexico's defeat of a much larger, invading French force in the town of Puebla in 1862. After three months of fighting, French troops eventually captured the town and occupied Mexico until 1867.
Cinco de Mayo is sometimes confused with Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 16. That date commemorates the start of Mexico's 11-year war of independence against Spain, which began Sept. 16, 1810.
Although not widely celebrated in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular festive occasion in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , with some academics tracing its roots to Mexican-American communities in California in the 1940s.
Most Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Los Angeles took place over the weekend, however a few events are planned for today:
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., plans to speak to seniors at Wilson High School There are numerous Wilson High Schools in the United States, most named after the United States President Woodrow Wilson, including:
At California State University, Northridge CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields and master's degrees in 42 fields. The university has over 150,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an , members of the nationally acclaimed Chicano-Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash will celebrate the opening of an exhibit chronicling its 20-year history in the university's Oviatt Library.
Troupe members - Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas Salinas, city, United States
Salinas (səlē`nəs), city (1990 pop. 108,777), seat of Monterey co., W Calif.; inc. 1874. It is the shipping and processing center of a fertile valley famous for its grain and lettuce. and Herbert Siguenza - also will give a free performance at noon today on the steps of the library.
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