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Daily Calendar for Thursday, November 24, 2022

In a 1789 proclamation, President George Washington called on the people of the United States to acknowledge God for affording them β€œan opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness” by observing a day of thanksgiving. Devoting a day to β€œpublic thanksgiving and prayer,” as Washington called it, became a yearly tradition in many communities.

Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863. In that year, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. He asked his fellow citizens to β€œto set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise …”

It was not until 1941 that Congress designated the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, thus creating a federal holiday.

However official, the idea of a special day for giving thanks was not born of presidential proclamations. Native American harvest festivals had been celebrated for centuries, and colonial services dated back to the late 16th century. Thanksgiving Day, as we know it today, began in the early 1600s when settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia came together to give thanks for their survival, for the fertility of their fields, and for their faith. The most widely known early Thanksgiving is that of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, who feasted for 3 days with the Wampanoag people in 1621.

Turkey has become the traditional Thanksgiving fare because at one time it was a rare treat. During the 1830s, an eight- to ten-pound bird cost a day’s wages. Even though turkeys are affordable today, they still remain a celebratory symbol of bounty. In fact, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin ate roast turkey in foil packets for their first meal on the Moon.

Find more about Thanksgiving Day from history to recipes.

Question of the Day

Do cars feel the effects of the windchill factor?
No. The temperature of the wind should have no effect on a car whatsoever. Wind can cause a car’s engine to cool down faster if it’s parked outside, but its ultimate temperature will be unaffected.

Advice of the Day

After a dinner party, offer your guests anise seeds; they can be chewed to aid digestion and freshen breath.

Home Hint of the Day

When building or repairing a stone wall, use the oldest rule in masonry: One over two and two over one. If the stones overlap, the wall will be stronger.

Word of the Day

Bronx cheer
A cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt.

Puzzle of the Day

What is the geometrical form of an escaped parrot?
A polygon (Polly gone)

Born

  • Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. president) –
  • Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (novelist) –
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (artist) –
  • Scott Joplin (pianist, King of Ragtime) –
  • Cathleen Nesbitt (actress) –
  • Garson Kanin (playwright) –
  • Steve Yeager (baseball player) –
  • Brad Sherwood (comedian) –
  • Colin Hanks (actor) –
  • Katherine Heigl (actress) –

Died

  • Lee Harvey Oswald (suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy) –
  • Freddie Mercury (musician) –
  • John Rawls (leading figure in political philosophy and legal theory) –
  • Warren Spahn (American baseball player) –
  • Pat Morita (actor) –

Events

  • The transit of Venus was first observed–
  • Justus Falckner became the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America (Philadelphia)–
  • Charles Darwin’s controversial Origin of Species published–
  • First national Thanksgiving celebration–
  • Joseph Glidden granted patent for barbed wire fencing–
  • Cape Breton Railway opened, Nova Scotia–
  • Ruth Nichols became the first woman to fly a transcontinental flight–
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, accused by Dallas police of assassinating President Kennedy, was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas municipal building while in police custody–
  • 239-lb. yellowfin tuna caught off Catalina Island, California–
  • 14.04-pound saugeye caught, Antrim Lake, Ohio–

Weather

  • In what became known as the β€œBattle Above the Clouds,” the Union army, aided by clouds obscuring the battlefield, was victorious at Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga–

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