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How Much Do You Know About Our Thanksgiving Holiday? [QUIZ]

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On October 3, 1789, George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer,” according to heritage.org. Thanksgiving did not become a holiday until 1863, exactly 74 years to the day later Abraham Lincoln made the proclamation, “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”. This was the first Thanksgiving to be observed as a federal holiday.

1. Native Americans helped Pilgrims adapt to the new world, assisting with farming and fishing. In 1621 the colonists invited their neighbors to partake in a feast to celebrate crop yields. This tribe brought five deer to Plymouth Rock for the autumn harvest celebration, known today as the first Thanksgiving. Also, this tribe is native to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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2. The author of Mary Had a Little Lamb started a successful campaign during the Civil War to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. Known as the, “Mother of Thanksgiving” she also wrote cookbooks which included many of the dishes that are part of today’s traditional Thanksgiving feasts.
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3. NBC Radio was the first to nationally broadcast a NFL game on Thanksgiving Day 1934. Which two teams played?
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4. Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Parade made its debut in 1924. It wasn’t until three years later, seven years before the debut of the Mickey Mouse balloon that this character became the first to float in the parade.
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5. The oldest high school football Thanksgiving Day rivalry takes place in Connecticut. Norwich Free Academy vs New London High School started in what year?
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6. The longest running animated Thanksgiving special aired for the first time in 1973 on CBS. Since 2001 ABC has aired this movie Thanksgiving Day. At dinner Linus gives a speech that ends, 'We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.'"
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7. During the Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt moved the holiday a week earlier hoping to boost retail sales. Atlantic City Mayor Thomas D. Taggart coined this phrase to refer to Thanksgiving during the Great Depression.
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8. Edward Winslow and William Bradford accounted the life of Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock. These writings were compiled into a booklet and published in 1622. The events that occurred on that first Thanksgiving is an important part of this booklet. This section is published every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Wall Street Journal.
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9. In 1910, two of the earliest Thanksgiving movies were made (movies were still silent). One of the films, A Thanksgiving Surprise is considered lost. The other was produced by Thomas Edison’s production company.
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During the three-day feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag’s an alliance was formed. One of the neighboring tribes native to Rhode Island, were considered hostile towards the colonists and the Wampanoag’s. In 1632 a Wampanoag village was attacked, with the help of the colonists this tribe was forced to retreat.
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