In celebration of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing 5 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving that we bet you didn’t know. Enjoy!
- Did you know the turkey was native to North America? In French, it’s called the “Indian Chicken”, and in India it’s called the “Peruvian Chicken”.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had “bad moral character.” A turkey, on the other hand, is a “much more respectable bird.”
- Did you know Thanksgiving gave birth to the TV dinner? In 1953, Swanson severely overestimated the demand for Turkey… by 260 tons. With so much fowl left over, a salesperson got inspired by airplane meals and brought together 5,000 aluminum trays and loads of turkey, peas and sweet potatoes – the first frozen TV dinners.
- Did you know that Sarah Josepha Hale, American magazine editor and author who waged a winning campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, also wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb”?
- President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.