Since 1988, Filipino American History Month has been celebrated during October in the United States. Originally instituted by the Filipino American National Historical Society, the month was officially designated via a resolution through Congress in 2009.
During the early 1940s, the focus of comic books shifted more toward true adventures versus tales that offered an escape through fantasy or followed the antics of superheroes and detectives in their fight against evil. Many of these true adventure comics provided what could be considered illustrated biographies of heroes and role models in science and medicine from that time and throughout history.
To honor the contributions to culture and heritage made by people of Hispanic or Latino descent, National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law in 1988. This period runs from September 15 through October 15. The reason behind starting this 30-day period on September 15 is that it is the independence day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Other countries celebrating their independence days during this time include Belize, Mexico and Chile.