The whole Chanukah and Thanksgiving Day date coincidence thing

You’ve probably heard here and there what a coincidence it is that Thanksgiving Day and Chanukah fall at the same time this year. According to most news reports, the last time this happened was in 1888 and the next time won’t be for another 76,000 years or so. As Brian Williams said on NBC Nightly News last night, “You should live so long.”

Anyway, the Jewish organization Chabad begs to differ. According to their calculations, the next time this will happen will be in 2070 – just 57 years from now.

Here is an interesting article they wrote up on this, including how the date of Thanksgiving itself changed during the Roosevelt administration, and how long it took Texas to catch up with the change:

Where the elite meet to eat – Thanksgiving 1941 at the Presidio

My good friend Dave Fisher is a former military person. He knows I love this sort of ephemera, so he recently gave me the original menu from his Thanksgiving dinner at the Presidio from November 1941.

Here are a few pages from it. It’s in like new condition. Dave himself is in slightly used condition, but quite serviceable. 🙂 You can find his name on the directory page.

How many of us know what we had for Thanksgiving dinner 72 years ago? And just two weeks before the war started!