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Daily Calendar for Thursday, November 23, 2023

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

What was the first network to broadcast color television programming?
It was CBS, on June 25, 1951. The show, called Premiere, starred Ed Sullivan.

Advice of the Day

A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.

Home Hint of the Day

Stains in a bathtub can be removed with household (5 percent) bleach. Lay several paper towels on top of the stain and soak them with bleach, leaving the towels in place for 45 minutes. Remove them and rinse. Repeat if necessary.

Word of the Day

Light informal conversation for social occasions.

Puzzle of the Day

Why is the horse the most curious feeder in the world?
He eats best when he has not a bit in his mouth.


  • Franklin Pierce (14th U.S. president) –
  • Jose Clemente Orozco (painter) –
  • Boris Karloff (actor) –
  • Harpo Marx (comedian & actor) –
  • Bruce Hornsby (musician) –
  • Dominique Dunne (actress) –
  • Robin Roberts (broadcast journalist) –
  • Jonathan Papelbon (baseball player) –
  • Miley Cyrus (actress & singer) –
  • Jordan Fry (actor) –


  • Walter Reed (American pathologist) –
  • Roald Dahl (author) –
  • Roy Acuff (country music singer) –
  • Larry Hagman (actor) –


  • Horseshoe manufacturing machine patented–
  • The water level in Lake Merced in California dropped 30 feet–
  • The Intercollegiate Football Association formed–
  • The first jukebox was installed in the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco–
  • The first issue of LIFE debuted–
  • U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARs) authorized–
  • Food rationing ended–
  • Newsman Dan Rather announced he would step down in March as the anchor of the CBS Evening News after nearly a quarter-century in the job–


  • Berlin, New Hampshire, received 55 inches of snow–
  • -38 degrees Fahrenheit, Chinook, Montana–
  • Yarmouth, Massachusetts, received 14 inches of snow–
  • Strasburg, Connecticut, received 6.5 inches of snow–

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