Thanks for bearing with me:-)
Thanksgiving in the USA today! Elsewhere, just another day.
So... why DO we have to watch the Detroit Lions lose every Thanksgiving Day?
For NFL fans, this is a no-brainer. Something to do while digesting.
No, in seriousness... Back in 1934, the owner of the Detroit Lions pro football (American) team started having them play on Thanksgiving in hopes of drawing better crowds. Given thta one crowd was a whopping (note sarcasm) 15,000... And also, college games were played sometimes on Thursdays, so, hey, given people their pigskin!
Dallas started hosting games regularly in 1966.
In fact, since people always had off on Thanksgiving, playing or watching football on Thanksgiving actuallyd ates back way further. College and pro-am alike. But professionally? It was the 20th century.
Pittsburgh saw a pro-am (professionals-and-amateurs) event in the 1890s, tho' unrelated to the modern NFL or even the pre-NFL.
BTW, Detroit's overall record on T-giving Day? Satnds at two ties, 40 losses, and 37 wins, according to Newsweek. SOmehow, it feels like they lost more than that... Huh.
Anyway, today in 1922, Royal Air Force pilot Cyril Turner (captain) showed off the first known big example of sky writing with "Hello USA call Vanderbilt 7200" over NYC's Times Square. Which is, all things considered, one long dang message to manage! (BTW, back then, phone numbers were things like "Vanderbilt 7200" or "pennsylvania 6-5000". Don't ask. I don't know. Anyone?)
In 1994, convicted serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in prison.
And in 2010, on this date, WIkileaks published around 250,000 US government documents, specifically diplomatic "cables". Around 100,000 o fthem were "top secret" or at least "confidential".
And happy wedding anni versary, insofar as we know, to William Shakespeare!
Have a great one, all! :-)
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