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November 19, 1863

On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered a speech that fell flat. His listeners were silent and merely responded with polite applause. The Chicago Times called the president’s address “silly, flat, and dishwatery.” However, since then, Lincoln’s speech has been admired by succeeding generations. Today, most people would recognize these opening words: “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation … .” This speech was Lincoln’s now-famous Gettysburg Address!

November 1941

Did you know that at one time Thanksgiving was a week earlier than it is now? It’s true! In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed Thanksgiving from the fourth to the third Thursday in November to create more shopping days before Christmas and to give the economy a boost. However, many people continued to celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. Others celebrated it on the third Thursday. In 1941, to end the confusion, the president and Congress established Thanksgiving as a United States federal holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, as it is today.

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Add a few drops of ammonia to one quart of water used for houseplants; it will improve foliage color and increase growth.

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