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Black Friday

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday

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.

Why Black??

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)
/San_Jose,_California (1777)

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)
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  • PMAY0313
    As an avid shopper (rather shop than eat or breath!) I avoid today, the day after Christmas and most of the month of December. I only shop if I absolutely have to. Whatever it is they do at stores today it isn't shopping. I have been with family members a few times and it is not remotely enjoyable for me. On a normal day I can easily shop 10-12 hours and it feels like a few minutes. On days like today I would rather be in the space capsule with Enos the chimp!

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    1603 days ago
    I now shop Black Friday on line. I shopped one year on Black Friday. A lady shoved me out of the way so she could get what I was reaching for and that did it for me.
    1603 days ago
    Happy Buy Nothing Day! I've been celebrating this day since the late 90's. An alternative to the promoted consumerism of Black Friday.

    thanks for the history tidbits.
    1603 days ago
  • LOSER05
    my kids always go to that.
    1603 days ago
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