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Turkeys and Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving occurred between September 21 and November 9, 1621. The Plymouth Pilgrims had a dinner with the Wampanoag Indians. The feast consisted of corn, barley and of course wild turkeys.

On November 20, 2007, President George W. Bush granted a “pardon” to two turkeys, named May and Flower, at the 60th annual National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, held at the White House.

In a letter to his daughter sent in 1784, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national symbol for the newly independent United States than the bald eagle.

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