Wednesday, 21st November 2007
Fast Facts: Thanksgiving Day 2007 Facts and Stats & Other Historic Events on this Date
Fast Facts: Thanksgiving 2007
Another wonderful "Fact for Features" compilation from the U.S. Census. Facts include:
+ 272 million
The preliminary estimate of turkeys raised in the United States in 2007. That’s up 4 percent from 2006. The turkeys produced in 2005 together weighed 7.2 billion pounds and were valued at $3.2 billion.
+ 690 million pounds
The forecast for U.S. cranberry production in 2007, essentially unchanged from 2006 and 11 percent more than 2005. Wisconsin is expected to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 390 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts (180 million). New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are also expected to have substantial production, ranging from 18 million to 52 million pounds.
+ 13.1 pounds
The quantity of turkeys consumed by the typical American in 2005, with a hearty helping devoured at Thanksgiving time.
+ 114.4 million
Number of households across the nation — all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday.
Many more stats and facts in the document.
Source: U.S. Census
See Also: More Thanksgiving Facts (via Infoplease.com)
See Also: Today in History (via Library of Congress)
See Also: This Day in History (HistoryChannel.com)
Today is also the 44th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
See Also: On This Day (via NY Times)
See Also: This Day in History from The World Almanac
See Also: This Day in History (EB)
See Also: The ResourceShelf "Today in History" Compilation
See Also: Thanksgiving Resources via USA.gov