Summit Up 5-5-10: Special Cinco de Mayo edition |

Summit Up 5-5-10: Special Cinco de Mayo edition

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s looking through the history book today trying to figure out what in tarnation Cinco de Mayo is all about.

(sound of pages flipping)

OK, says here Cinco de Mayo marks the day in 1294 when the Normans conquered Cabo San Lucas and instituted some kind of communist martial law. A few years later, in 1483 – also on the fifth of May – ancient astrologers landed in spacecraft to deliver over 4,000 cases of Tecate beer to thirsty folks in the Yucatan. Later, during the time of the American Revolution, the fifth of May in Tijuana marked the first time a tourist (some Spanish guy) got too loaded to make it home and got tossed in a Mexican jail (he was later released by conquistadors, who at first tried to get a bail bondsman on the line but gave up and resorted to shooting up the place with their blunderbusses).

In modern times, Cinco de Mayo marks the day in 1941 that the Japanese attacked Baja. They discovered the modern tourism industry they’d hoped would fuel the war effort had yet to be built, so they flew away in their Zero planes and went to Hawaii instead. And, just a few years ago, the fifth of May marked the day when American beer companies decided to make a really big deal about Cinco de Mayo to, y’know, sell more beer.

Hold on a tic: This book sounds a little fishy to us. If you really want to know what happened on this day, check Wikipedia, which will tell you Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

There you have it. It’s basically like St. Patrick’s Day for Mexicans – as well as any other folks who want in for the revelry. We like.


OK, here’s a Smarty Pants Alert! from Azusa Pacific University going out to Frisco resident and a Spanish major Rachel H. Burnett as well as Breckenridge resident and cinematic arts major Nicholas B. Springer.

Congrats – keep it up!


Well, that’s all for now. If you’re doing some Cinco reveling, please be safe and cool out there.

We out.

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