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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Did You Know?

More Fun Thanksgiving Facts!
  • The date of the First Thanksgiving is not precisely known though it occured between September 21 and November 9, 1621.

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims dined with the Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
    The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.

  • According to Edward Winslow, a participant in the First Thanksgiving, the feast bconsisted of: Corn, Barley, Fowl including Wild Turkeys and Waterfowl, Venison.

  • 52 Pilgrims attended the 'First Thanksgiving' in 1621 including: John Alden, William Bradford,Priscilla Mullins, Miles Standish.

  • Approximately 50 Native Americans attended the 'First Thanksgiving' including:
    Massasoit, Squanto - the Pilgrim's Translator.

  • This 'First Thanksgiving' was actually a secular event that was not repeated. A Calvinist Thanksgiving actually did occur in 1623 and did not involve sharing food with the Native Americans.

  • The first National celebration of Thanksgiving was declared in 1777 by the Continental Congress. However, this was not an annual event.

  • In 1863, two national days of Thanksgiving were declared:
    One celebrated the Union victory at Gettysburg, The other created the Thanksgiving holiday we still celebrate today.

  • Each year, the President declares a day of National Thanksgiving.

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