56 influential Hispanic-Americans: In photos

A portrait of reporter Geraldo Rivera.
A portrait of reporter Geraldo Rivera. (Getty Images)

Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to learn more: For some, more about your own heritage, or for others, perhaps another culture.

The month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, according to the Library of Congress.

The month is intended to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

We found the following photos in an archival Getty Images album called “Influential Hispanic-Americans.” Some are recent and some might provide a trip down memory lane.

Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor makes remarks after she's named by then-U.S. President Barack Obama as his choice to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court in 2009. She went on to become the first Hispanic and the third woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. (Getty Images)
Actor Danny Trejo poses for a magazine editorial in 2006 in the LA River. (Getty Images)
A shot of Roberto Clemente, a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder at the time. (Getty Images)
A photo of Carlos Santana, circa 1970. (Getty Images)

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