Sunday, May 5, 2013


Today is Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May"). It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.

Batalla de Puebla
Today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.



a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence
a plant or animal that becomes established in an area where it was previously unknown

A 2012 survey by Gallup found roughly 640 million adults would want to migrate to another country in the world if they had the chance to. Nearly one-quarter (23%) of these respondents, which translates to more than 150 million adults worldwide, named the United States as their desired future residence, while an additional 7% of respondents, representing an estimated 45 million, chose the United Kingdom. The other top desired destination countries (those where an estimated 25 million or more adults would like to go) were Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Germany and Spain.

Treatment of migrants in host countries, both by governments, employers, and original population, is a topic of continual debate and criticism, as many cases of abuse and violation of rights are being reported frequently.



Tammy Wynette
(May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)
Tammy Wynette (born Virginia Wynette Pugh) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of the Country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. She was sometimes called the "First Lady of Country Music", and her best-known song, "Stand by Your Man", was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of the country music genre.

Brian Douglas Williams
(born May 5, 1959)
Brian Williams is the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network, a position he assumed in 2004. Williams was listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007, and in 2010, a prominent media observer dubbed him "the Walter Cronkite of the 21st century."

Ann Bradford Davis
(born May 5, 1926)
Ann B. Davis is an American television actress. Davis achieved prominence for her role in The Bob Cummings Show for which she twice won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, but she is best known for playing the part of Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series.

Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.
(May 5, 1914 - November 15, 1958)
Tyrone Power was an American film and stage actor. From 1930s to the 1950s Power appeared in dozens of films, often in swashbuckler roles or romantic leads. His better-known films include The Mark of Zorro, Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, Prince of Foxes, The Black Rose, and Captain from Castile.


Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.
--Joe Baca

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