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Black Friday has been used to describe various events historically, most notably the United States financial crisis of 1869. In 1966, a Philadelphia newspaper noted that Black Friday had been assigned by Philadelphia’s Police Department as a negative term during Christmas, to describe the terribly overcrowded streets, massive traffic, and huge mobs shopping at all of the downtown stores.
Black Friday sales had historically extended through the whole week following Thanksgiving, until retailers realized this reduced the sense of urgency by consumers. Over time, sales have become concentrated into one or two days.
Many films over time have shown a comedic drama of the shopping chaos that happens during the holidays as everyone clambers after that must-have gift. In reality, recent shopping seasons have shown a substantial increase in Black Friday injuries stemming from consumer chaos by people trying to make sure they get their share of Black Friday deals.
At a Wal-Mart in Ohio, several employees were pinned against merchandise due to crowds flooding in the front doors when the store opened. In 2008, at another Wal-Mart more than 2,000 shoppers waited for the doors open at 5 a.m.. When the doors finally opened, the mob rushed in, broke down the door and trampled an employee, causing his death. None of the shoppers showed concern for the victim, continuing to rush in the store while other employees tried to help the fallen employee.
On 9 February 1945 a force of Allied Bristol Beaufighter aircraft suffered heavy casualties during an unsuccessful attack on German destroyer Z33 and escorting vessels; the operation was labelled "Black Friday" by the surviving Allied aircrew.
Black Friday, September 24, 1869 also known as the Fisk/Gould scandal, was a financial panic in the United States caused by two speculators’ efforts to corner the gold market on the New York Gold Exchange.
Milstein always documents the linkage between the war and the status of Israel inside the world community. From January to March 1948, the U.S. and the U.N. figured out that the implementation of the 1948 'Partition Plan' was impossible. The U.S. administration, the State Department, and especially James Forrestal pressed for a change. On March 19, 1948, the U.S. suddenly announced its support for an alternative plan: The Trusteeship. This was our 'Black Friday.'
Originally posted by Zanti Misfit
On Thanksgiving ( The Time Of Harvest) , I Thank the Creator of the Universe for giving me Life and the Ability to Substain it . The Native Americans tried to Convey this Concept to the First European Settlers arriving at the Shores of America and they took it to heart because it became Selfevident to them .
Much of America's understanding of the early relationship between the Indian and the European is conveyed through the story of Thanksgiving. Proclaimed a holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, this fairy tale of a feast was allowed to exist in the American imagination pretty much untouched until 1970, the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims. That is when Frank B. James, president of the Federated Eastern Indian League, prepared a speech for a Plymouth banquet that exposed the Pilgrims for having committed, among other crimes, the robbery of the graves of the Wampanoags. He wrote:
"We welcomed you, the white man, with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end; that before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a free people."
But white Massachusetts officials told him he could not deliver such a speech and offered to write him another. Instead, James declined to speak, and on Thanksgiving Day hundreds of Indians from around the country came to protest. It was the first National Day of Mourning, a day to mark the losses Native Americans suffered as the early settlers prospered. This true story of "Thanksgiving" is what whites did not want Mr. James to tell.
What Really Happened in Plymouth in 1621?
According to a single-paragraph account in the writings of one Pilgrim, a harvest feast did take place in Plymouth in 1621, probably in mid-October, but the Indians who attended were not even invited. Though it later became known as "Thanksgiving," the Pilgrims never called it that. And amidst the imagery of a picnic of interracial harmony is some of the most terrifying bloodshed in New World history.