You can never have too much useless information. This month, it’s time to learn (or relearn) some Thanksgiving facts that you can share with others.
- The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, and included a three-day feast with about 50 colonists and 90 Native Americans.
- The first Thanksgiving probably didn’t include turkey. Historians believe that rabbit, deer, squash, and possibly lobster, seal, and swan were served at the first Thanksgiving feast.
- Although there were many days of thanks, it was not until 1863 that President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to be an official national holiday.
- The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. The first parade drew in a quarter of a million people. Balloons were added to the parade in 1927.Today, over three million people attend the parade annually, and another 44 million watch on television.
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was originally shown on CBS in 1973. It won an Emmy in 1974, and is now shown on ABC every Thanksgiving night. However, this year, it will be aired on Wednesday night.
- It may not be the tryptophan that’s making you tired after Thanksgiving dinner. Your lethargy may ultimately be caused by a large, carb-loaded meal, mixed with alcohol.
- The first Thanksgiving Day football game took place in 1934. The Bears defeated the Lions. The only time the Lions didn’t play on Thanksgiving was during World War II.
- The Average Thanksgiving turkey weighs 15 pounds.
- If Thomas Jefferson had his way, the turkey would have been America’s national bird rather than the bald eagle.
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