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Timeline for first Thanksgiving

Timeline of First Thanksgiving


1517—Martin Luther starts the “protest” that begins the Reformation


1533—King Henry VIII asks the Pope for a divorce from Catherine of Aragon


1534—England breaks off from the Roman Catholic Church, begins the Church of England


1536—Anne Boleyn executed, leaves a daughter, Elizabeth


1537—Jane Seymour gives birth to Edward VI, future King of England


1547—Henry VIII dies leaving three children as heirs


1547-1553—Edward VI rules and makes England a Protestant nation


1553-1558—Queen Mary returns England to the Roman Catholic Church (Bloody Mary)


1558-1603—Queen Elizabeth rules, ends religious division, the “middle way”


1559—England passes legislation creating the Church of England with Protestant doctrine


1564—Protestant clergy exiled under Mary return and start the “Separatist” or Puritan churches


1606—Puritans migrate to Leiden, Netherlands


1620—Puritans joint venture with London investors to begin a trading colony in America


1620—in June the Mayflower and Speedwell set sail for Virginia, Speedwell sinks


1620—September 16, the Mayflower leaves England for Virginia


1620—November 11 the Mayflower lands at Cape Cod


1620—December 21 the Mayflower lands at the sight for the Plymouth Colony


1621—September, first Thanksgiving feast lasts three days


1789—President George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving 


1863—President Abraham Lincoln establishes an annual tradition of Day of Thanksgiving


1941—U.S. Congress passes a law for a legal holiday on the 4th Thursday every November


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About the Author: Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor grew up in Dallas, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas Business School and went into the commercial real estate business for about twenty years before enrolling in and graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary with honors.

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