When : Day after Thanksgiving
Black Friday, or Retail Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. It is one of the two busiest shopping days of the year. In case you didn't know, the other busiest shopping day is the day after Christmas, when throngs of shoppers, on holiday vacation, mob the stores to use gift certificates they received, and to exchange merchandise.
In the world of accountants, red signifies a loss, and black signifies a profit. For many retailers, the Christmas holiday sales season represents one half to three quarters of their annual sales. Often, retailers are losing money , until holiday sales begin. Holiday sales formally begin on the day after Thanksgiving. So, Black Friday represents that turning point,. from a loss towards big profits!
We hope you enjoy Black Friday almost as much as the retailers do!
Wild as it may seem, there is another interesting special day, celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving. It is called Buy Nothing Day.
Origin of Black Friday:
We did not find the creator of this special day. It was most likely coined by someone in the retail trade, or someone reporting on the events of this big shopping day.
This Day in History November 29th
Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi. (1729)
American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements. (1776)
The crew of the British slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea to claim insurance. (1781)
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes New Jersey. (1783)
Whitman Massacre: Missionaries Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and 15 others are killed by Cayuse and Umatilla Indians, causing the Cayuse War. (1847)
American Indian Wars: Sand Creek Massacre – Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants inside Colorado Territory. (1864)
American Civil War: Battle of Spring Hill – A Confederate advance into Tennessee misses an opportunity to crush the Union Army. General John Bell Hood is angered, which leads to the Battle of Franklin. (1864)
American Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River. (1872)
Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time. (1877)
The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11-0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with a national professional football league. (1902)
U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole. (1929)
The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. (1944)
The Partition Plan: the United Nations General Assembly recommends the partition of Palestine. (1947)
Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea. (1950)
Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict. (1952)
Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space. The spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico. (1961)
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (1963)
Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation. (1967)
Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game. (1972)
Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991. (1990)
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique. This affected the Eastern Caribbean as far north as Puerto Rico and as far south as Trinidad. (2007)