These Thanksgiving Facts Can Spark Your Dinner Conversation

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, there are a bunch of historical facts to learn about that could be a conversation starter at the lunch or dinner table.

Some of the topics you may be wondering about or want to learn, are as follows:

Where was the first Thanksgiving?

What did they eat at the first Thanksgiving?

When did America first call for a national Thanksgiving?

Which president refused to recognize Thanksgiving?

What does the poem, 'Mary had a little lamb,' have to do with Thanksgiving?

How long has pumpkin pie been a traditional part of Thanksgiving?

When did we start canning cranberries?

How did a botched Thanksgiving order lead to the TV tray dinner?

Why is football a Thanksgiving tradition?

Who was the first president to pardon a turkey?

Which president received a raccoon as a Thanksgiving gift?

When was the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

When did the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade start featuring balloons?

Which president tried to move the date of Thanksgiving and why?


Can you answer any of these off the top of your head? To find out the answers, visit History.com here.

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