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Its a day to give thanks.

 

 

Or its the fourth Thursday in November in the United States; second Monday in October in Canada to commemorate a feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag

 

 

The United States

 

In 1621, after a hard and devastating first year in the New World the Pilgrim's fall harvest was very successful and plentiful. There was corn, fruits, vegetables, along with fish which was packed in salt, and meat that was smoke cured over fires. They found they had enough food to put away for the winter.

 

The Pilgrims had beaten the odds. They built homes in the wilderness, they raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, and they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. Their Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving that was to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native American Indians.

 

The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770's) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress.

 

In 1817 New York State adopted Thanksgiving Day as an annual custom. By the middle of the 19th century many other states also celebrated a Thanksgiving Day. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday.

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It's just a matter of time before this becomes a global holiday. We're so used to seeing Thanksgiving specials on our TV shows, and everyone loves turkey so much that sooner or later it's just going to be a day worldwide to give thanks for everything you have.

 

Within the next 20 years, everyone everywhere will celebrate Thanksgiving. Within the next 50-100 years, everyone will speak English as their first language. Unless aliens invade, conquor us and make us all speak their wacky space talk.

 

And on that note, have a happy Thanksgiving!

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You know, I never knew what thanksgiving day was, so cheers for that popsi.

 

I also have no idea what 4th July is. American's and there wacky holidays.

 

Infact the only holidays i understand are xmas, easter, halloween and my birthday. Maybe I should have listened in history and RE.

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4th July is the American Independence Day. The day the declaration of independence was signed so that the States were no longer a part of britain. Basically its the day they became the United States of America officially in 1776.

 

I know useless crap like this (useless to me as i live in Wales) cos i did A Level history, and have a genuine interest in American history, probably due to my own families history.

 

And just for an elaborated version:

 

Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the time of the signing the US consisted of 13 colonies under the rule of England's King George III. There was growing unrest in the colonies concerning the taxes that had to be paid to England. This was commonly referred to as "Taxation without Representation" as the colonists did not have any representation in the English Parliament and had no say in what went on. As the unrest grew in the colonies, King George sent extra troops to help control any rebellion. In 1774 the 13 colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia Pennsylvania to form the First Continental Congress. The delegates were unhappy with England, but were not yet ready to declare war.

 

In April 1775 as the King's troops advanced on Concord Massachusetts Paul Revere would sound the alarm that "The British are coming, the British are coming" as he rode his horse through the late night streets. The battle of Concord and its "shot heard round the world" would mark the unofficial beginning of the colonies war for Independence.

 

The following May the colonies again sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. For almost a year the congress tried to work out its differences with England, again without formally declaring war.

 

By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft which was presented to the congress on June 28. After various changes a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4th. Of the 13 colonies, 9 voted in favor of the Declaration, 2 - Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted No, Delaware undecided and New York abstained.

 

To make it official John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock signed his name "with a great flourish" so "King George can read that without spectacles!."

 

The following day copies of the Declaration were distributed. The first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776. On July 8th the Declaration had its first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square. Twice that day the Declaration was read to cheering crowds and pealing church bells. Even the bell in Independence Hall was rung. The "Province Bell" would later be renamed "Liberty Bell" after its inscription -

 

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof

 

And although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the 4th of July has been accepted as the official anniversary of United States independence. The first Independence Day celebration took place the following year - July 4 1777. By the early 1800s the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate America's birthday. And although fireworks have been banned in most places because of their danger, most towns and cities usually have big firework displays for all to see and enjoy.

 

And as a futher piece of pointless knowledge, the phrase "your John Hancock" as a euphamism for your signature came from John Hancock who was the President of the then country before it became the USA and who i believe signed the declaration either first or last or something like that.

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Infact the only holidays i understand are xmas' date=' easter, halloween and my birthday. Maybe I should have listened in history and RE.[/quote']

Are you SURE you understand them?

 

Christmas is about commercialism.

Easter is about eating lots of chocolate.

Halloween is about worshipping Satan and celebrating witchcraft.

And your birthday is about celebrating another year you've been on this Earth.

 

 

Happy fellow, aren't I? :D

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You know, I never knew what thanksgiving day was, so cheers for that popsi.

 

I also have no idea what 4th July is. American's and there wacky holidays.

 

Infact the only holidays i understand are xmas, easter, halloween and my birthday. Maybe I should have listened in history and RE.

 

I'm sure Darkstar will be mighty dissapointed that you don't even understand his birthday:P

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the wife returns from the UK today as well.
Is your wife American? I always thought that she was, and thats why you have been snatched away from the motherland...is she English, or was she in the UK on business? If you dont want to answer....then fine, bugger off :xyx

 

Within the next 50-100 years' date=' everyone will speak English as their first language. Unless aliens invade, conquor us and make us all speak their wacky space talk![/quote']Even if aliens do invade, we will all have English as our first language, as proven in that Star Trek crap...
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Is your wife American? I always thought that she was' date=' and thats why you have been snatched away from the motherland...is she English, or was she in the UK on business? If you dont want to answer....then fine, bugger off :xyx [/quote']

Yes, she's American, which is why we're over here now (although she loves England more and I love the US more).

 

She's missing Thanksgiving dinner though as she lands late afternoon. :(

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Check WrestleCrap for the answer to that one, wyndorf. And no, it's not something stupid in the egg, I assure you.

 

 

 

 

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving all!! And for those that STILL don't understand what this holiday means, it's basically a day were people can use an excuse to come off of there diets and eat as much as they want for one day.

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