When Thanksgiving Has Fallen, November 22 To 28, 1942 – 2017; November 23 In 2017.
U.S. Thanksgiving has NOT always been on
the 4th Thursday of November.
It used to be on the LAST Thursday of November.
You can have 5 Thursdays in November,
as was the case 2012 & back in 1939.
The 4th Thursday in November
was made a Federal Holiday in 1942.
So, Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday
is but 76-years old.
This year Thanksgiving is on November 23.
It was last on November 23 in 2006 and before that 2000.
The 11-year gap, is atypical BUT part of the pattern — as is the case with when a given date falls on a particular day. The ’11’ having to do with leap years and the 7-days in a week. Other than the 11-year gap, which typically occurs every 4-years, the usual gap is either 5 or 6. You can clearly see that in the first image.
The second image shows what I call the ‘ebb and flow’ of how the dates CYCLE through November 22 to November 28. Kind of mesmerizing — at least to I.
Check Category ‘Holidays’.