Here it is, Thanksgiving 2015!
The observance of Thanksgiving in North America has an interesting history and has been observed at various times even prior to the establishment of the United States of America as a sovereign nation. However, it was on October 3, 1789, that George Washington, the first President of the United States, proclaimed that the people of the United States observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” on Thursday, the 26th of November of that year. Regardless of President Washington’s proclamation, an official government holiday recognizing and sanctioning a regularly scheduled day of observing Thanksgiving did not exist.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 106 – Thanksgiving Day, 1863, October 3, 1863 calling upon Americans at home and away “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.” It just so happened that the last Thursday of November that year (November 26, 1863) fell on the same date in November as it did when President George Washington issued his proclamation designating November 26, 1789 as “a day of public thanksgiving.”
The following year in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln issued Proclamation 118 – Thanksgiving Day, 1864, October 20, 1864 in which he proclaimed to “appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.”
It was in 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill that officially established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. (ref: 1941
FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday)
Well, that time of year has rolled around and once again here in the United States of America, we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
This year, 2015, as happens occasionally, from time to time, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day; this is the tenth such occurrence during my lifetime thus far. Since my birth in 1947, my birthday has fallen on Thanksgiving in the previous years of 1953, 1959, 1964, 1970, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1998, and 2009. I hope I am still around when Thanksgiving will again fall on my birthday in the year 2020.
As a side note, you may wish to read these previous Roland’s Ramblings entries (and just as this entry here has some interesting embedded links that you may open and enjoy reading, so do these other blog entries):
- Importance of November 26, Posted on November 26, 2007
- Happy Birthday to Roland Hansen, Posted on November 26, 2009
- November 26: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, Posted on November 26, 2014
To all of you who are Giving Thanks on the Birthday of Roland Louis Hansen, may you have a very Happy Thanksgiving.