Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey Day Facts

Thanksgiving Facts 

The Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast which lasted three days.

In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America.

Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are the top cranberry growing states.

Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the major pumpkin growing states.

The sweet potato is most plentifully produced in North Carolina.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.

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. It was launched by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.

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, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country–the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.

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