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APCs Insider, November 30, 2012

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How many days does Hanukkah last?

a. 6
b. 7
c. 8          
d. 9
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Last week’s question
Which president made Thanksgiving a formal, national holiday with a fixed date of the fourth Thursday in November?
a. Abraham Lincoln
b. Andrew Johnson
c. Franklin D. Roosevelt
d. George Washington
The correct answer is C. George Washington first declared a day of thanksgiving, but it was not celebrated every year. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War, on October 3, 1863. He asked that the nation give thanks for the Union on the last Thursday of November.
In 1941, Congress passed a bill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it, that fixed the date as the fourth Thursday in November. FDR attempted to move the holiday to the third Thursday in November, but Congress enacted a law to fix the date at the fourth Thursday in November, thus making it an "official" holiday. On November 26, 1941, FDR signed the bill.

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