Each month the students on Cougar News are going to highlight special topics. This month is Hispanic Heritage Month.
SEPTEMBER 4TH – This week we are highlighting our government – In 1822 Joseph Marion Hernandez of Florida was the first Hispanic to serve as a US representative. Since then there have been over 102 Hispanics to serve in our Federal Government.
SEPTEMBER 11TH – This week we are highlighting science -Franklin Chan-Diaz was the first Hispanic male astronaut in 1986 and in 1991 Ellen Ochoa was the first female Hispanic astronaut. In 1968 Luis Walter Alvarez won the Nobel Prize in Physics and in 1959 Severo Ochoa won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
SEPTEMBER 18TH– This week we are highlighting the arts -In 1912 Lucrezia Bori debuted at the Metropolitan Opera. Richie Valens was born in 1941, Joan Baez was Time Magazine’s Entertainer of the year in 1962 and Carlos Santana was inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame in 1998.
SEPTEMBER 25TH –This week we are highlighting sports- Jim Plunkett was the overall #1 draft pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1971. Tom Fears was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and he was also the first Hispanic Head coach in the NFL. Nancy Lopez was inducted into the LPGA in 1987.