Category: Holiday

Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano

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Image: 1939 NBC Radio National Broadcast of St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the
Swallows Celebration with Father Hutchinson, Mission’s resident priest from 1933-1951 via https://www.missionsjc.com/wp-content/uploads/Program-for-Publishing-1.31.18.pdf

“The annual swallow migration has received a lot of attention over the years. For instance, Leon Rene’s 1939 hit, When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano song lyrics are a tribute to the long migration.

“The amazing journey takes the swallows over 12,000 miles round-trip. They abandon their winter haven in Goya, Corrientes, Argentina and travel to southern California, arriving on St Joseph’s Day (March 19th)…”

Excerpt from http://www.arkanimals.com/capistrano-swallows/ .

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Thanksgiving on Nov. 30?

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“Roosevelt listened to this plea [from the head of Federated Stores to move the Turkey Day forward one week, to give merchants another week to tempt their customers], and at a Press Conference held August 14th, he said that ‘I have been hearing from a great many people for the last six years, complaints that Thanksgiving came too close to Christmas’. After Lazarus, the President had also heard from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, as well as executives of Gimbels and Lord & Taylor. Roosevelt reminded the press that Thanksgiving was still not an official holiday, and that each year the President picked the date. And, since these experts believed that adding another week to the shopping season would increase sales by 10%, Franklin announced, this year, at least, he was moving Thanksgiving to Thursday, November 23rd.

Image and excerpt from http://thepublici.blogspot.com/2010_11_14_archive.html . Learn more about the arguments for and against the date change at the link.

Armistice Day

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Image: https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19391112.1.13&e=——-en–20–1–txt-txIN——–1 .

Armistice Day became a U.S. public holiday in 1939

“…It was on the 11th of November, 1918 that the Germans signed the Armistice to mark the end of the First World War , and therefore, the day became known as Armistice Day.

“U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first announced the Armistice Day in the year 1919. Subsequently, in 1926, the Congress of the United States passed a resolution to request the President to observe Armistice Day on the 11th of November with US flag celebrations. However, it was not until 1939 that [the] public holiday was declared on Armistice Day. An act that was approved in May, 1938 made November 11th of every year a legal holiday. ”

Excerpt from https://www.gettysburgflag.com/origins-of-veterans-day .

Later, the holiday name was changed to Veterans’ Day.