Amaze your family and friends this week with your incredible knowledge of all things Thanksgiving with these holiday facts from the History Channel!
- Benjamin Franklin thought that the turkey (rather than the bald eagle) should be the national symbol of the U.S.
- It wasn't until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November, even though people in the U.S. had been celebrating the holiday for more than two centuries.
- The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys were eaten at Thanksgiving in 2007.
- Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, but Wisconsin takes the prize for the most cranberry production!
- Originally known as Macy's Christmas Parade--to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season--the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924.
- The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium. They have played on Thanksgiving almost every year since!