In a Thanksgiving State of Mind
|Announcement from movie industry |
trade magazine 1939
There were five Thursdays in November 1939. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated on the last Thursday of the month, the nation's retailers begged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving up a week to increase the shopping days before Christmas and he agreed.
|MGM's Thanksgiving Menu for 1939|
The Women, Babes in Arms, Blackmail
Thunder Afloat, Dancing Co-Ed
To end the confusion, in 1941 the House and Senate passed a joint resolution establishing the holiday as the fourth Thursday in November, which would take into account those years when November has five Thursdays.
|"Sorry Mr. President, We can't space our|
Holiday Pictures to conform with your changes!"
On December 26, 1941, President Roosevelt signed the legislation.
In the years 2007 and 2012, November had five Thursdays. The fourth Thursday, November 22nd, was Thanksgiving Day both of these years.
The 1942 movie, Holiday Inn starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby is said to start with an animated turkey demonstrating the confusion FDR caused by changing around the dates of the Thanksgiving holiday.
|Mary Pickford and Zasu Pitts in The Little Princess, 1917|
Will your Thanksgiving dinner bring such looks of shock and awe?!
Speaking of changing times and dates do you remember.....
In 2007, the United States and Canada started Daylight Saving Time (DST) on the second Sunday of March and end on the first Sunday of November.
NPR All Things Considered
The Reasoning Behind Changing Daylight-Saving
March 8, 2007 Melissa Block interviews Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time
BLOCK: This may be kind of an urban legend, but I thought I had heard that one of the backers behind extending Daylight Saving Time into the beginning of November was the candy industry, and it all had to do with Halloween.
Mr. DOWNING: This is no kind of legend. This is the truth. For 25 years, candy-makers have wanted to get trick-or-treat covered by Daylight Saving, figuring that if children have an extra hour of daylight, they'll collect more candy. In fact, they went so far during the 1985 hearings on Daylight Saving as to put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator, hoping to win a little favor. They didn't get it then (1985), but they got it this time (2007).
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