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:

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/2343364/jewish/Chanukah-and-Thanksgiving-A-Brief-History.htm


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