Thanksgiving day

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In History
  • 1578

    Earliest Celebration

    Earliest Celebration
    The earliest celebration was held in 1578, when an expedition led by Martin Frobisher held a ceremony in present-day Nunavut to give thanks for the safety of its fleet.
  • King Philip's War

    King Philip's War
    This was a rather disorderly affair, but it sealed a treaty between the two groups that lasted until King Philip's War in which hundreds of colonists and thousands of Native Americans lost their lives.
  • National day of thanksgiving

    National day of thanksgiving
    During the Civil War , Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26
  • Day football

    Day football
    Thanksgiving Day football games, beginning with Yale versus Princeton in 1876, enabled fans to add some rowdiness to the holiday
  • Parade

    Parade
    Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia staged a parade of about 50 people with Santa Claus at the rear of the procession.
  • Proclamation

    Proclamation
    Roosevelt issued a proclamation in 1942 designating the fourth Thursday in November (which is not always the last Thursday) as Thanksgiving Day.
  • Thanksgiving Day

    Thanksgiving Day
    Since 1957 Thanksgiving Day has been celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October.