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THANKSGIVING TRIVIA

1) What day is the Thanksgiving holiday observed in the U. S.?


In the U.S., Thanksgiving is celebrated on the Fourth Thursday in November. (Canadians observe Thanksgiving on the Second Monday in October.)

2) Where did the first U.S. harvest feast of Thanksgiving take place?


The first official Thanksgiving feast took place in Plymouth Colony. Founded by a group of separatists who later became known as the Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony was, along with Jamestown, Virginia, one of the first colonies to be founded by the English in North America. The first settlement was at New Plymouth, a location previously surveyed and named by Captain John Smith. This settlement, which served as the capital of the colony, is today the modern town of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

3) In what year did the first U.S. Thanksgiving take place?


The Pilgrims set apart a day to celebrate immediately after their first harvest in 1621.

4) What Native American was honored at the first Thanksgiving feast?


Squanto helped the settlers survive in the New World by teaching them how to catch eel & grow corn, as well as serving as their native interpreter. Native American chiefs Massassoit & Samoset, along with 90 of their men also joined the celebration.

5) What is the day after Thanksgiving known as?


Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving begins the Christmas shopping season and is sometimes known as "Black Friday". One of the busiest shopping days of the year, "Black Friday" was so termed to mark it as the day retail businesses would make their profits for the year and be operating in the "black" and not the "red".

6) Which of the following NFL teams traditionally hosts an annual Thanksgiving Day game?


With the exception of 1975 & 1977, the Dallas Cowboys have participated in a NFL football game every Thanksgiving Day since 1966.

7) When did the first national Thanskgiving Day take place?


Although many days of thanksgiving were appointed prior to this time, the first national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed on November 26, 1789 by President George Washington.

8) Since at least 1947, what has the U.S. President been presented with on Thanksgiving?


Every year, the U.S. President is presented with at least one live turkey & 2 dressed turkeys by the National Turkey Federation. The live turkey is traditionally pardoned & lives out the rest of his days on a peaceful farm.

9) What were the names of the 2 live turkeys President George W. Bush received in 2003, as voted on by the American public?


The turkeys presented to U.S. President George W. Bush on Thanksgiving Day 2003 were named Stars & Stripes. In subsequent years, they have been named Biscuit & Gravy, Marshmallow & Yam, and Flyer & Fryer.

10) Why are stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner?


Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are all dishes native to the Americas or introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived in the New World.


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