Wednesday, November 23, 2011

U.S. Federal Innovation 38: A Date for Eating Turkey 

A Wild Turkey
The feds didn't invent Thanksgiving, but two presidents solidified the date. In 1863, president Abraham Lincoln, seeking to foster a sense of unity between the northern and southern states during the American Civil War, proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday in November. Seventy-eight years later, president Franklin D. Roosevelt, after first attempting to move the date earlier, signed a federal law proclaiming Thanksgiving to be a national holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November.

Source: Wikipedia.

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