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Archive for Friday, November 23, 2012

40 years ago: Thanksgiving celebrated across U.S. by astronauts, prisoners, and President Nixon

November 23, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 23, 1972:

Today was Thanksgiving Day in 1972, and several articles appeared on the history and current celebrations of the holiday. President Nixon and his family were reported to be spending the day at the Camp David retreat, sitting down like millions of their countrymen to a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Re-enactors in Plymouth, Mass., were having a Pilgrim feast while a group of Native Americans in the same area were conducting a fast in what they called a "day of mourning." Turkey was on the menu for the 29,000 U.S. military personnel still in Vietnam, but it was mostly of the canned and boned variety. Inmates at the Indiana State Prison had been permitted to vote on their menu for today, and they had chosen T-bone steak in place of the traditional bird. The Apollo 17 astronauts were planning to watch some football games today as they took a break from training at Cape Kennedy for their Dec. 6 moon launch. In Lawrence, pleasant weather today and tomorrow was giving area residents the chance to walk off their "turkey day" meals. A return to cloudy, colder weather was expected as shoppers headed to local stores for the beginning of their Christmas shopping.

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