22 November 2007
The teacher in me feels the driving need to tell you some fun Thanksgiving facts....
1597 We Gather Together was written and sung in the Netherlands.
1619 the first Thanksgiving dinner took place on the James River.
1621, another Thanksgiving took place, the one that school children all over the US learn about, with Squanto and all his friends invited to partake in food they brought.
1777 Presidential proclamations of thanksgiving were made through 1815, when they stopped.
1789 George Washington made a national day of prayer that was a part of the constitution.
1844 Over the River and through the Woods was originally written for Christmas.
1863 Sarah Josepha Hale pressured Abraham Lincoln into making the last Thursday of November a national holiday. And so he did.
1924 The first Macy's thanksgiving day parade was started. Balloons started appearing in 1927.
1925 The first NFL football game was held on Thanksgiving with the Bears and their cross town rivals, the Cardinals ending in a 0-0 tie.
1939 FDR made Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
1970s the term Black Friday appeared, due largely to the amount of traffic being seen.
1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving premiers and has been seen continuously since.
1989 George Bush originated the Turkey Pardon although there is a story that Abe Lincoln "stayed the execution" of a turkey on behalf of his son Tad.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of Thanksgiving!