Thanksgiving myths debunked

Published On: Nov 19 2012 09:31:00 AM PST   Updated On: Aug 01 2014 11:31:56 AM PDT

Think you know the real story of Thanksgiving? You may have been taken in by these Thanksgiving myths.

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Fact: There is a tale about Lincoln sparing a Christmas a turkey at his son's request, but it was President George H.W. Bush who first officially pardoned a turkey in 1989, according to The White House's official history on the subject. However, President Richard Nixon started a tradition of sending a turkey to a petting farm each year, and President John F. Kennedy also spared at least one turkey by sending it back to a farm.


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