Things to Know

Who was the first Latino U.S. Supreme Court Justice?
Sonia Sotomayor
What year was National Hispanic Heritage Month established?
1988
Known for her role in the renowned musical, “West Side Story” who was one of the only two female performers ever to be given a Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar?
Rita Moreno
Who were the first male and female Latino Astronauts?
Franklin Chang-Diaz and Ellen Ochoa
What body of water did Latino explorer Hernando de Soto discover?
Mississippi River
Who was the first Latino Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee?
Carlos Santana
Which famous fast food restaurant has a Latino President and CEO?
McDonalds – Ralph Alvarez
Which entertainer was the first Latin American to be on the cover of Time magazine?
Joan Baez
Who was the first Latino to be voted the Most Valuable Player in Major League Baseball?
Roberto Clemente
Severo Ochoa won the Nobel Prize in 1959 for medicine in his discovery for what process?
RNA in test tubes
What movie made actor Jose Ferrer the first Latino to win an Academy Award?
“Cyrano de Bergerac”
Who was the first Latino author to win a Pulitzer Prize?
Oscar Hijuelos
During what war did Philip Bazaar become the first Latino to earn a Medal of Honor?
Civil War
Which famous Latina writer is founder and publisher of the only Spanish-language children’s magazine in the United States?
Christianne Meneses Jacobs
What team did first Latino NFL football player, Ignacio “Lou” Molinet, play for?
Frankford Yellowjackets
Which famous Latino activist co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now the United Farm Workers)?
Cesar Chavez
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, who is the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time?
Marc Anthony
Who is the first female singer to be awarded the “Person of the Year” at the Latin Grammy Awards Ceremony in 2008?
Gloria Estefan
Who identified the cause of yellow fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes, which had no known cure for over 100 years?
Carlos Juan Finlay
Who was the first female and first Latin American to be a U.S Surgeon General?
Antonia Novello

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