U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 5
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, MAY 5: CINCO DE MAYO
Profile America — Saturday, May 5th. In Spanish, today's date is "Cinco de Mayo," and celebrations will be held in many cities across the U.S., as well as Mexico. These events mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, when outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the invading French forces of Napoleon III. Over the years, the celebration has evolved from one of military victory to a colorful and vibrant event, celebrating Mexican culture. Appropriately, this is also National Salsa Month. There are 31.8 million people of Mexican descent in the U.S., some 10 percent of the total population. Nearly 19.5 million of these live in either California or Texas. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 249, 251
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.10
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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