True or False: Thanksgiving Edition!

 Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that brings all the family together. In the year 2020, seems even that is in danger. Let's have a think about Thanksgivings of old, how much do you remember of the history of this holiday?
 
 
Thanksgiving is held on the final Thursday of November each year.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln indeed wanted the last Thursday in November to be a national day of thanksgiving. However, in 1939 Roosevelt changed it to the 4th Thursday.
True
False
 
 
One of America’s Founding Fathers thought the turkey should be the national bird of the United States.
In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle
True
False
 
 
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln became the first American president to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.
George Washington, John Adams and James Madison all did so before him.
True
False
 
 
Macy’s was the first American department store to sponsor a parade in celebration of Thanksgiving.
The Philadelphia department store Gimbel’s had sponsored a parade in 1920.
True
False
 
 
Native Americans used cranberries, now a staple of many Thanksgiving dinners, for cooking as well as medicinal purposes.
True
False
 
 
The movement of the turkey inspired a ballroom dance.
It's called 'The Turkey Trot'!
True
False
 
 
The first Thanksgiving feast lasted 5 days
It was 3 days.
True
False
 
 
In the first Thanksgiving the pilgrims wore black and white colors.
Both sexes of the time wore earth tones, with black and white reserved for Sundays and religious occasions.
True, that was the pilgrim garb
False, they wore earth tone colors
 
 
The first Thanksgiving celebration was around 1621
True
False, it was 1721
 
 
Turkey contains an amino acid that makes you sleepy.
It's called Tryptophan and it also creates more serotonin
True
False
 
 
The side most served with the food was potatoes.
True, it was always the main side
False, the main side was vegetables
 
 
The first Thanksgiving took place during late November, like today.
The 1st Thanksgiving happened around harvest time, which would have been between late September and early November.
True
False
You Still Have More to Learn
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