- The first ever TV dinner was made in 1953 by Swanson when they had about 260 tons of leftover turkey to get rid of.
- The Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving Day. This tradition started in 1934. The only exception was when the team went to serve in WWII.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, started a campaign in 1827 to make Thanksgiving a national day of thanks and prayer. In 1863 it was observed as such.
- In an effort to boost retail sales during the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt tried to make Thanksgiving a week earlier. His efforts failed and after two years and a lot of name calling, Congress adopted a resolution to make Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November.
- Benjamin Franklin tried to make the turkey the national bird.
- A spooked turkey can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
- An estimated 20% of cranberries eaten throughout the year are consumed on Thanksgiving.
- Thanksgiving was declared a National Holiday by Congress 1941.
- Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
- The North American holiday season (generally the Christmas shopping season in the U.S.) traditionally begins when Thanksgiving ends, on “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving); this tradition has held forth since at least the 1930s.
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