Thanksgiving Trivia

Did you know:  Thanks giving helped invent the TV dinner? In 1953, Swanson overestimated the demand for turkey by over 260 tons. The owners of the company had no idea what to do with all the leftovers, so they enlisted the help of company salesman Gerry Thomas. Taking inspiration from airplane meals, Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays and loaded them with the turkey leftovers to create the first TV dinner.

Did you know: There are three small towns in America named after the nation’s favorite bird. There is Turkey, Texas (population 396); Turkey, North Carolina (population 295) and Turkey Creek, Louisiana (population 443), according to the US Census Bureau.

Did you know: Benjamin Franklin thought turkeys were much more American than the bald eagle. Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter that said, “I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; his is a bird of bad moral character.”  Franklin thought the turkey was a “much more respectable bird.”

Did you know: The holiday of Thanksgiving was first established by George Washington when he issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. It was not meant to be an annual event. It was up to each successive president to continue a declaration of Thanksgiving. Thomas Jefferson refused to do so.

It wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday, that it was officially scheduled to fall on the fourth Thursday of every November.

In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the second-to-last in an effort to lift the economy during the Great Depression by giving people more time to shop for Christmas.

But it ended up making everybody confused. After two years, Congress ditched the new policy and set the fourth Thursday of November as the legal holiday.