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However, as the rats age, the tendency to chirp appears to decline. Brown rats also produce communicative noises capable of being heard by humans.
The most commonly heard in domestic rats is bruxing, or teeth-grinding, which is most usually triggered by happiness, but can also be 'self-comforting' in stressful situations, such as a visit to the vet. The noise is best described as either a quick clicking or 'burring' sound, varying from animal to animal.
In addition, they commonly squeak along a range of tones from high, abrupt pain squeaks to soft, persistent 'singing' sounds during confrontations. The brown rat is a true omnivore and will consume almost anything, but cereals form a substantial part of its diet.
Martin Schein, founder of the Animal Behavior Society in , studied the diet of brown rats and came to the conclusion that the most-liked foods of brown rats include scrambled eggs , macaroni and cheese, raw carrots, and cooked corn kernels. According to Schein, the least-liked foods were raw beets, peaches, and raw celery. Foraging behavior is often population-specific, and varies by environment and food source. The brown rat can breed throughout the year if conditions are suitable, with a female producing up to five litters a year.
The gestation period is only 21 days, and litters can number up to 14, although seven is common. They reach sexual maturity in about five weeks. Under ideal conditions for the rat , this means that the population of females could increase by a factor of three and a half half a litter of 7 in 8 weeks 5 weeks for sexual maturity and 3 weeks of gestation , corresponding to a population growing by a factor of 10 in just 15 weeks.
When lactating, female rats display a hour rhythm of maternal behavior, and will usually spend more time attending to smaller litters than large ones. Brown rats live in large, hierarchical groups, either in burrows or subsurface places, such as sewers and cellars.
When food is in short supply, the rats lower in social order are the first to die. If a large fraction of a rat population is exterminated, the remaining rats will increase their reproductive rate, and quickly restore the old population level.
Females are capable of becoming pregnant immediately after giving birth, and can nurse one litter while pregnant with another. Males can ejaculate multiple times in a row, and this increases the likelihood of pregnancy as well as decreases the number of stillborns. Dominant males have higher mating success and also provide females with more ejaculate, and females are more likely to use the sperm of dominant males for fertilization.
In mating, female rats show a clear mating preference for unknown males versus males that they have already mated with also known as the Coolidge effect , and will often resume copulatory behavior when introduced to a novel sexual partner.
Females also prefer to mate with males who have not experienced social stress during adolescence, and can determine which males were stressed even without any observed difference in sexual performance of males experiencing stress during adolescence and not. Rats commonly groom each other and sleep together. Play fighting involves rats going for each other's necks, while serious fighting involves strikes at the others' back ends.
Rats, like most mammals, also form family groups of a mother and her young. However, rats are territorial animals, meaning that they usually act aggressively or scared of strange rats. Rats will fluff up their hair, hiss, squeal, and move their tails around when defending their territory. Huddling is often supposed to have a heat-conserving function.
Nestling rats especially depend on heat from their mother, since they cannot regulate their own temperature. Huddling is an extreme form of herding. Other forms of interaction include: Rats are known to burrow extensively, both in the wild and in captivity, if given access to a suitable substrate.
Burrows provide rats with shelter and food storage, as well as safe, thermo-regulated nest sites. Possibly originating from the plains of Asia, northern China and Mongolia, the brown rat spread to other parts of the world sometime in the Middle Ages.
The brown rat may have been present in Europe as early as , a conclusion drawn from an illustration and description by Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner in his book Historiae animalium , published — As it spread from Asia, the brown rat generally displaced the black rat in areas where humans lived. In addition to being larger and more aggressive, the change from wooden structures and thatched roofs to bricked and tiled buildings favored the burrowing brown rats over the arboreal black rats.
In addition, brown rats eat a wider variety of foods, and are more resistant to weather extremes. In the absence of humans, brown rats prefer damp environments, such as river banks.
It is often said that there are as many rats in cities as people, but this varies from area to area depending on climate, living conditions, etc. There is great debate over the size of the population of rats in New York City , with estimates from almost million rats to as few as , In the United Kingdom, some figures show that the rat population has been rising, with estimations that 81 million rats reside in the UK. High rat populations in the UK are often attributed to the mild climate, which allow them higher survival rates during the winter.
The only brown rat-free areas in the world are the continent of Antarctica, the Arctic ,   some isolated islands,  the Canadian province of Alberta ,  and certain conservation areas in New Zealand. Antarctica is almost completely covered by ice, making it uninhabitable by rats. The Arctic has extremely cold winters that rats cannot survive outdoors, and the human population density is extremely low, making it difficult for rats to travel from one habitation to another, although they have arrived in many coastal areas by ship.
When the occasional rat infestation is found and eliminated, the rats are unable to reinfest it from an adjacent one. Isolated islands are also able to eliminate rat populations because of low human population density and the geographic distance from other rat populations. The brown rat was first observed on the Faroe Islands in The drifting wreck, carrying brown rats, drifted northwards until it reached the village of Hvalba.
In , they were observed in Torshavn on the southern part of Streymoy , and a decade later, in the villages in the northern part of this island. From here, they crossed the strait and occupied Eysturoy during the years to In , they reached Vagar. Although the brown rat is now common on all of the largest Faroese islands, only sparse information on the population is available in the literature. An investigation for infection with the spirochaete Leptospira interrogans did not find any infected animals, suggesting that Leptospira prevalence rates on the Faroe Islands may be among the lowest recorded worldwide.
Hawadax Island formerly known as Rat Island in Alaska was infested with brown rats following a Japanese shipwreck in They had a devastating effect on the native bird life. An eradication program was started in and the island was declared rat-free in June Alberta , Canada, is the largest rat-free populated area in the world.
Rat invasions of Alberta were stopped and rats were eliminated by very aggressive government rat control measures, starting during the s.
The only species of Rattus that is capable of surviving the climate of Alberta is the brown rat, which can only survive in the prairie region of the province, and even then must overwinter in buildings.
Although it is a major agricultural area, Alberta is far from any seaport and only a portion of its eastern boundary with Saskatchewan provides a favorable entry route for rats. Brown rats cannot survive in the wild boreal forest to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the west, nor can they safely cross the semiarid High Plains of Montana to the south.
The first brown rat did not reach Alberta until , and in , the province launched a rat-control program that included shooting, poisoning, and gassing rats, and bulldozing or burning down some rat-infested buildings. The effort was backed by legislation that required every person and every municipality to destroy and prevent the establishment of designated pests. If they failed, the provincial government could carry out the necessary measures and charge the costs to the landowner or municipality.
In the first year of the rat control program, 64 tonnes 71 short tons of arsenic trioxide were spread throughout 8, buildings on farms along the Saskatchewan border. However, in the much safer and more effective rodenticide , warfarin was introduced to replace arsenic. Warfarin is an anticoagulant that was approved as a drug for human use in and is much safer to use near humans and other large animals than arsenic. In , the province finally recorded its first year with zero rat infestations, and from to there were only two infestations found.
Alberta defines an infestation as two or more rats found at the same location, since a single rat cannot reproduce.
About a dozen single rats enter Alberta in an average year and are killed by provincial rat control specialists before they can reproduce. The Saskatchewan rat control program has considerably reduced the number of rats trying to enter Alberta. First arriving before perhaps on James Cook's vessels ,  brown rats pose a serious threat to many of New Zealand's native wildlife. Rat eradication programmes within New Zealand have led to rat-free zones on offshore islands and even on fenced "ecological islands" on the mainland.
Before an eradication effort was launched in , the sub-Antarctic Campbell Island had the highest population density of brown rats in the world.
Similar to other rodents , brown rats may carry a number of pathogens,  which can result in disease, including Weil's disease , rat bite fever , cryptosporidiosis , viral hemorrhagic fever , Q fever and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. This species can also serve as a reservoir for Toxoplasma gondii , the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis , though the disease usually spreads from rats to humans when domestic cats feed on infected brown rats.
Surveys and specimens of brown rat populations throughout the world have shown this species is often associated with outbreaks of trichinosis ,   but the extent to which the brown rat is responsible in transmitting Trichinella larvae to humans and other synanthropic animals is at least somewhat debatable. Brown rats are sometimes mistakenly thought to be a major reservoir of bubonic plague , a possible cause of the Black Death.
However, the bacterium responsible, Yersinia pestis , is commonly endemic in only a few rodent species and is usually transmitted zoonotically by rat fleas —common carrier rodents today include ground squirrels and wood rats. However, brown rats may suffer from plague, as can many nonrodent species, including dogs, cats, and humans. Selective breeding of albino brown rats rescued from being killed in a now-outlawed sport called rat baiting has produced the albino laboratory rat.
This is because they grow quickly to sexual maturity and are easy to keep and to breed in captivity. When modern biologists refer to "rats", they almost always mean Rattus norvegicus. The brown rat is kept as a pet in many parts of the world. Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are just a few of the countries that have formed fancy rat associations similar in nature to the American Kennel Club , establishing standards, orchestrating events, and promoting responsible pet ownership.
The many different types of domesticated brown rats include variations in coat patterns, as well as the style of the coat, such as Hairless or Rex, and more recently developed variations in body size and structure, including dwarf and tailless fancy rats. A working rat is a rat trained for specific tasks as a working animal. In many cases, working rats are domesticated brown rats. However, other species, notably the Gambian pouched rat , have been trained to assist humans. Norwegian Journal of Entomology 62, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Volume 1, Chapter 9. Retrieved 23 May International Wildlife Encyclopedia Third ed. The Natural History of Canadian Mammals. To take Schools and Seminaries of Education, so necessary for cultivating the Principles of true Liberty, Virtue and Piety, under his nurturing Hand; and to prosper the Means of Religion, for the promotion and enlargement of that Kingdom, which consisteth "in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost.
And it is further recommended, That servile Labor, and such Recreation, as, though at other Times innocent, may be unbecoming the Purpose of this Appointment, be omitted on so solemn an Occasion. George Washington , leader of the revolutionary forces in the American Revolutionary War, proclaimed a Thanksgiving in December as a victory celebration honoring the defeat of the British at Saratoga. The Continental-Confederation Congress , the legislative body that governed the United States from to , issued several "national days of prayer, humiliation, and thanksgiving",  a practice that was continued by presidents Washington and Adams under the Constitution, and has manifested itself in the established American observances of Thanksgiving and the National Day of Prayer today.
Done in Congress at Philadelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty and Independence, the seventh. On Thursday, September 24, , the first House of Representatives voted to recommend the First Amendment of the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification. The next day, Congressman Elias Boudinot from New Jersey proposed that the House and Senate jointly request of President Washington to proclaim a day of thanksgiving for "the many signal favors of Almighty God".
Boudinot said that he "could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining, with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them. As President, on October 3, , George Washington made the following proclamation and created the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America:.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.
That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations especially such as have shown kindness unto us and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord.
To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
President John Adams declared Thanksgivings in and No Thanksgiving proclamations were issued by Thomas Jefferson but James Madison renewed the tradition in , in response to resolutions of Congress, at the close of the War of Caleb Strong, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts , declared the holiday in , "for a day of public thanksgiving and prayer" for Thursday, November 25 of that year.
Madison also declared the holiday twice in ; however, none of these were celebrated in autumn. A thanksgiving day was annually appointed by the governor of New York from In the middle of the American Civil War , President Abraham Lincoln , prompted by a series of editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale ,  proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the 26th, the final Thursday of November The document, written by Secretary of State William H.
Seward , reads as follows:. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three , and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth. Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln , October 3, Since , Thanksgiving has been observed annually in the United States.
The holiday superseded Evacuation Day , a de facto national holiday that had been held on November 25 each year prior to the Civil War and commemorated the British withdrawal from the United States after the American Revolution. During the second half of the 19th century, Thanksgiving traditions in America varied from region to region. A traditional New England Thanksgiving, for example, consisted of a raffle held on Thanksgiving Eve in which the prizes were mainly geese or turkeys , a shooting match on Thanksgiving morning in which turkeys and chickens were used as targets , church services—and then the traditional feast, which consisted of some familiar Thanksgiving staples such as turkey and pumpkin pie, and some not-so-familiar dishes such as pigeon pie.
The earliest high school football rivalries took root in the late 19th century in Massachusetts, stemming from games played on Thanksgiving; professional football took root as a Thanksgiving staple during the sport's genesis in the s, and the tradition of Thanksgiving football both at the high school and professional level continues to this day. In New York City, people would dress up in fanciful masks and costumes and roam the streets in merry-making mobs. By the beginning of the 20th century, these mobs had morphed [ citation needed ] into Ragamuffin parades consisting mostly of children dressed as "ragamuffins" in costumes of old and mismatched adult clothes and with deliberately smudged faces, but by the late s the tradition had diminished enough to only exist in its original form in a few communities around New York, with many of its traditions subsumed into the Halloween custom of trick-or-treating.
Abraham Lincoln's successors as president followed his example of annually declaring the final Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving. But in , President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with this tradition. Although many popular histories state otherwise, he made clear that his plan was to establish the holiday on the next-to-last Thursday in the month instead of the last one. With the country still in the midst of The Great Depression , Roosevelt thought an earlier Thanksgiving would give merchants a longer period to sell goods before Christmas.
Increasing profits and spending during this period, Roosevelt hoped, would help bring the country out of the Depression. At the time, advertising goods for Christmas before Thanksgiving was considered inappropriate.
Republicans decried the change, calling it an affront to the memory of Lincoln. People began referring to November 30 as the "Republican Thanksgiving" and November 23 as the "Democratic Thanksgiving" or " Franksgiving ". Since a presidential declaration of Thanksgiving Day was not legally binding, Roosevelt's change was widely disregarded. Twenty-three states went along with Roosevelt's recommendation, 22 did not, and some, like Texas , could not decide and took both days as government holidays.
In and , years in which November had four Thursdays, Roosevelt declared the third one as Thanksgiving. As in , some states went along with the change while others retained the traditional last-Thursday date. On October 6, , both houses of the U. Congress passed a joint resolution fixing the traditional last-Thursday date for the holiday beginning in However, in December of that year the Senate passed an amendment to the resolution that split the difference by requiring that Thanksgiving be observed annually on the fourth Thursday of November, which was usually the last Thursday and sometimes two years out of seven, on average the next to last.
For several years some states continued to observe the last-Thursday date in years with five November Thursdays the next such year being , with Texas doing so as late as The poor are often provided with food at Thanksgiving time.
Most communities have annual food drives that collect non-perishable packaged and canned foods, and corporations sponsor charitable distributions of staple foods and Thanksgiving dinners. It is continued in modern times with the Thanksgiving dinner , traditionally featuring turkey, playing a central role in the celebration of Thanksgiving. In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals.
Turkey , usually roasted and stuffed but sometimes deep-fried instead , is typically the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table, so much so that Thanksgiving is colloquially known as "Turkey Day. Mashed potatoes with gravy , stuffing , sweet potatoes , cranberry sauce , sweet corn , various fall vegetables, squash , Brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie are commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner.
Green bean casserole was introduced in and remains a favorite. All of these are actually native to the Americas or were introduced as a new food source to the Europeans when they arrived. Turkey may be an exception. In his book Mayflower , Nathaniel Philbrick suggests that the Pilgrims might already have been familiar with turkey in England, even though the bird is native to the Americas. The Spaniards had brought domesticated turkeys back from Central America in the early 17th century, and the birds soon became popular fare all over Europe, including England, where turkey as an alternative to the traditional goose became a "fixture at English Christmases".
As a result of the size of Thanksgiving dinner, Americans eat more food on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. Thanksgiving was founded as a religious observance for all the members of the community to give thanks to God for a common purpose. Historic reasons for community thanksgivings are: The tradition of giving thanks to God is continued today in many forms, most notably the attendance of religious services, as well as the saying of a mealtime prayer before Thanksgiving dinner.
Many houses of worship offer worship services and events on Thanksgiving themes the weekend before, the day of, or the weekend after Thanksgiving. Before praying, it is a common practice at the dining table for "each person [to] tell one specific reason they're thankful to God that year. Joy Fisher, a Baptist Christian writer, states that "this holiday takes on a spiritual emphasis and includes recognition of the source of the blessings they enjoy year round — a loving God.
Hassaballa, an American Muslim scholar and physician, has written that Thanksgiving "is wholly consistent with Islamic principles" and that "few things are more Islamic than thanking God for His blessings".
The parade features parade floats with specific themes, scenes from Broadway plays, large balloons of cartoon characters, TV personalities, and high school marching bands. The float that traditionally ends the Macy's Parade is the Santa Claus float, the arrival of which is an unofficial sign of the beginning of the Christmas season. It is billed as the world's largest parade. The oldest Thanksgiving Day parade is the Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade , which launched in and takes place in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia's parade was long associated with Gimbels , a prominent Macy's rival, until that store closed in Founded in , the same year as the Macy's parade, America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit is one of the largest parades in the country. The parade includes large balloons, marching bands, and various celebrity guests much like the Macy's parade and is nationally televised on various affiliate stations.
The Mayor of Detroit closes the parade by giving Santa Claus a key to the city. Most of these parades are televised on a local station, and some have small, usually regional, syndication networks; most also carry the parades via Internet television on the TV stations' websites. In this was switched to the Sunday following the holiday. American football is an important part of many Thanksgiving celebrations in the United States, a tradition that dates to the earliest era of the sport in the late 19th century.
Professional football games are often held on Thanksgiving Day; until recently, these were the only games played during the week apart from Sunday or Monday night. The National Football League has played games on Thanksgiving every year since its creation.
The Detroit Lions have hosted a game every Thanksgiving Day from to and again every year since In , the Dallas Cowboys , who had been founded six years earlier, adopted the practice of hosting Thanksgiving games.
The third game has no set site or team, providing an opportunity for all teams in the league to host a Thanksgiving game in the future. For college football teams that participate in the highest level all teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision , as well as three teams in the historically black Southwestern Athletic Conference of the Championship Subdivision , the regular season ends on Thanksgiving weekend, and a team's final game is often against a regional or historic rival, such as the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn , the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State , the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State , and Michigan and Ohio State playing in their rivalry game.
Most of these college games are played on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, but usually one or two college games are played on Thanksgiving itself. Some high school football games which include some state championship games , and informal "Turkey Bowl" contests played by amateur groups and organizations, are frequently held on Thanksgiving weekend.
Games of football preceding or following the meal in the backyard or a nearby field are also common during many family gatherings. Amateur games typically follow less organized backyard-rules , two-hand touch or flag football styles. College basketball holds several elimination tournaments on over Thanksgiving weekend, before the conference season. This is a relatively new phenomenon, dating only to The National Basketball Association also briefly played on Thanksgiving, albeit in the evening, with a doubleheader airing Thanksgiving night on TNT , a practice that ran from to ; the Atlanta Hawks hosted the early game each year, while the Los Angeles Clippers hosted the late game in both and both of the NBA Thanksgiving games were canceled due to a labor dispute.
Though golf and auto racing are in their off-seasons on Thanksgiving, there are events in those sports that take place on Thanksgiving weekend. In golf, Thanksgiving weekend was the traditional time of the Skins Game from to ; the event was canceled in due to a lack of sponsorship and a difficulty in drawing star talent.
The world championship pumpkin chunking contest was held in early November in Delaware and televised each Thanksgiving on Science Channel. In ice hockey , the National Hockey League announced, as part of its decade-long extension with NBC , that they would begin airing a game on the Friday afternoon following Thanksgiving beginning the —12 NHL season ; the game has since been branded as the Thanksgiving Showdown. The Boston Bruins have played matinees on Black Friday since at least , but is the first time the game has been nationally televised.
The NHL has played games on Thanksgiving, usually scheduling games involving Canadian teams but not always, as was the case in , when the league scheduled a nationally televised game Thanksgiving night between two American teams on the West Coast.
In Canada, Thanksgiving is in October , although no games were scheduled in and only one was scheduled in both the Thanksgiving Showdown and the lone Canadian game on U. Thanksgiving were canceled as a result of a labor dispute in ; as a result of the effective day off, almost all of the league's teams play the day after Thanksgiving. Professional wrestling promotions have typically held premier pay-per-view events on or around the time of Thanksgiving.
This trend began in when Jim Crockett Promotions , the largest promoter in the National Wrestling Alliance , introduced Starrcade. Starrcade, later incorporated into World Championship Wrestling , moved off Thanksgiving in ; the year prior, the rival World Wrestling Federation had introduced Survivor Series ', an event that continues to be hosted in November to the present day.
The Turkey Trot is a road running event held in numerous cities on Thanksgiving morning. Depending on the organizations involved, these can range from one-mile 1. While not as prolific as Christmas specials , which usually begin right after Thanksgiving, there are many special television programs transmitted on or around Thanksgiving, such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving , in addition to the live parades and football games mentioned above.
In some cases, television broadcasters begin programming Christmas films and specials to run on Thanksgiving Day, taking the day as a signal for the beginning of the Christmas season.
It has since become a tradition on numerous classic rock and classic hits radio stations to play the full, uninterrupted recording to much fanfare each Thanksgiving Day, a tradition that appears to have originated with counterculture radio host Bob Fass , who introduced the song to the public on his radio show.
Another song that traditionally gets played on numerous radio stations of many different formats is " The Thanksgiving Song ", a song by Adam Sandler.
Prominent radio host Rush Limbaugh has an annual tradition known as The Real Story of Thanksgiving , in which he gives his interpretation of the Thanksgiving story on his program the day before Thanksgiving. The public radio series Science Friday broadcasts coverage of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremonies on the day after Thanksgiving.
Football play-by-play and, in at least one case , parade coverage, is also available on the radio. Since , the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live turkey and two dressed turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. Kennedy was the first president reported to spare the turkey given to him he announced he didn't plan to eat the bird , and Ronald Reagan was the first to grant the turkey a presidential pardon , which he jokingly presented to his turkey a turkey that would indeed be spared and sent to a petting zoo.
There are legends that state that the "pardoning" tradition dates to the Harry Truman administration or even to an anecdote of Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son's pet turkey a Christmas turkey  ; both stories have been quoted in more recent presidential speeches, but neither has any evidence in the Presidential record. Bush , who served as vice president under Reagan, made the turkey pardon a permanent annual tradition upon assuming the presidency in , a tradition that has been carried on by every president each year since.
On Thanksgiving Day, families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. Consequently, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year.
Much like Columbus Day , Thanksgiving is considered by some to be a "national day of mourning", as a celebration of the cultural genocide and conquest of Native Americans by colonists.
Those who sympathize with this view acknowledge it as a small minority view; author and humanist John G. Rodwan, who does not celebrate Thanksgiving, noted "If you put forth the interpretation Since , the United American Indians of New England , a protest group led by Frank "Wamsutta" James has accused the United States and European settlers of fabricating the Thanksgiving story and of whitewashing a genocide and injustice against Native Americans, and it has led a National Day of Mourning protest on Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the name of social equality and in honor of political prisoners.
On November 27, , as another notable example of anti-Thanksgiving sentiment, hundreds of supporters traveled to Alcatraz on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the Occupation of Alcatraz which had started a week earlier and lasted until by Native Americans of All Tribes.
The American Indian Movement and the Native American Church peyote religion both also hold a negative view of Thanksgiving; the AIM has used it as a platform for protest, most notably when they took over a Mayflower float in a Thanksgiving Day parade. The perception of Thanksgiving among Native Americans is not, however, universally negative.
He compares Thanksgiving to "wopila", a thanks-giving celebration practiced by Native Americans of the Great Plains. He wrote in The Huffington Post: The fact that it is also a national holiday for all Americans blends in perfectly with Native American traditions. In the early part of the twentieth century, the American Association for the Advancement of Atheism 4A opposed the celebration of Thanksgiving Day, offering an alternative observance called Blamegiving Day, which was in their eyes, "a protest against Divine negligence, to be observed each year on Thanksgiving Day, on the assumption, for the day only, that God exists.
The move by retailers to begin holiday sales during Thanksgiving Day as opposed to the traditional day after has been criticized as forcing under threat of being fired low-end retail workers, who compose an increasing share of the nation's workforce, to work odd hours and to handle atypical, unruly crowds on a day reserved for rest.
Such retailers typically open at midnight on the day after Thanksgiving to circumvent the laws as much as legally possible. Entitled " Harvest of Shame ," the hour-long documentary was designed "to shock Americans into action" in regard to the treatment of impoverished migrant workers in the country, hoping to contrast Thanksgiving dinner and its excesses with the poverty of those who picked the vegetables.
Since being fixed on the fourth Thursday in November by law in ,  the holiday in the United States can occur on any date from November 22 to When it falls on November 22 or 23, it is not the last Thursday, but the penultimate Thursday in November. Regardless, it is the Thursday preceding the last Saturday of November. Because Thanksgiving is a federal holiday , all United States government offices are closed and all employees are paid for that day.
It is also a holiday for the New York Stock Exchange and most other financial markets and financial services companies. The date of Thanksgiving Day follows a year cycle, broken only by century years that are not also a multiple of , , , , ….
The cycle break is an effect of the leap year algorithm , which dictates that such years are common years as an adjustment for the calendar-season alignment that leap years provide. Past and future dates of celebration include: The day after Thanksgiving is a holiday for some companies and most schools.
In the last two decades of the 20th century,  it became known as Black Friday , the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and a day for chaotic, early-morning sales at major retailers that were closed on Thanksgiving.
A contrasting movement known as Buy Nothing Day originated in Canada in Small Business Saturday , a movement promoting shopping at smaller local establishments, takes place on the last Saturday in November, two days after Thanksgiving. Cyber Monday is a nickname given to the Monday following Thanksgiving; the day evolved in the early days of the Internet, when consumers returning to work took advantage of their employers' broadband Internet connections to do online shopping and retailers began offering sales to meet the demand.
Giving Tuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the holiday in general, see Thanksgiving.
Family saying grace before Thanksgiving dinner in Neffsville, Pennsylvania , George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, top and For a more comprehensive list, see List of holiday parades.
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