FACT: Abraham Lincoln was the first to officially declare Thanksgiving a national holiday after many years of campaigning by the author of Mary had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Haleopens a new window.
FACT: Ben Franklin wanted the Turkey to be the United States national bird.
(No really, watch this movie. You'll understand the connection.)
FACT: 88 percent of Americans have turkey on Thanksgiving.
FACT: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924.
FACT: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.
FACT: The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day.
FACT: In 1953, someone at Swanson misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving—by 26 TONS! Some industrious soul came up with a brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus, the first TV dinner was bornopens a new window!
FACT: Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canadians celebrate it tooopens a new window. Except they do it the second Monday in October.
—Contributed by Ella Gomez