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Thanksgiving Facts

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be the last day in November. Lincoln was mainly out to boost the Union army's morale during the Civil war.

According to Greek mythology, the prominent Thanksgiving symbol of a cornucopia is an enchanted severed goat's horn that will produce a never-ending supply of whatever its owner desires.
In 1817, New York officially adopted a yearly Thanksgiving day and other states followed suit.


Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 that Thanksgiving would be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
 

William Bradford was one of the original leaders of the of Plymouth Colony, founded by the Pilgrims in New England in 1620.
   He was elected governor of the colony in 1621 and re-elected 30 times.


The Pilgrims left England because they wanted to practice their own religion, not the religion that the government wanted them to practice
It took 64 days for the pilgrim ship Mayflower to cross the Atlantic.