Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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November 26th
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Prayer
This prayer is abridged from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.

May we all unite in rendering unto God our sincere and humble thanks –  For His kind care and protection of the people of this country,

For the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have enjoyed,

For the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness,

For the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And may we also unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him – To pardon our national and other transgressions,

To enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually,

To render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed,

To protect and guide all nations and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord,

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science,

And generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
American History Parade
1778
Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

1789
President George Washington proclaims this day a national day of thanksgiving.

1791
President Washington holds the first Cabinet meeting.

1863
President Abraham Lincoln begins the tradition of an annual national Thanksgiving Day.

1942
Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City.
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