Originally Lincoln set the date of thanksgiving when he issued the Thanksgiving proclamation that declared it would be the last Thursday of November. In 1939 Franklin D Roosevelt announced that November 23 would be the new day for Thanksgiving. This was the next to last Thursday not the last as Lincoln had set up so many years ago. This did not go over well, but for two years FDR did it. Then finally on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
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Lots More on Thanksgiving:
I don’t know why exactly but I have done lots of post on or around Thanksgiving for the past eight years Here are some of the highlights:
- 10 Thanksgiving Traditions
- 14 Best Web Resources for Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Trivia
- Top 10 Myths about Thanksgiving
- 8 Turkey Tales to Tell Today