Thanksgiving is a day when many Americans gather together with family for an afternoon of food and football. Though many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.
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In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number frozen turkeys that it would sell on in that time by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it, creating the first ever TV dinner.