1789. A national Thanksgiving Day holiday, as recommended by George Washington and approved by Congress, is observed.
1863. President Lincoln proclaims an annual day of Thanksgiving, to be celebrated on the last Thursday of November each year (changed in 1941 to the fourth Thursday).
1950. After stupidly pushing too far North and blatantly ignoring Chinese warnings regarding the situation, UN forces led by the United States, who are spread out and more focused on the severe cold than the mopping up of North Korean forces, are assaulted all across the lines by vastly numerically superior forces of Communist China. This is Douglas MacArthur's darkest hour, as his heady proclamations that the Chinese ("I understand the Oriental mind") won't come into the war, or if they do they will quickly be annihilated, are proven to be utterly and fantastically wrong. His subordinate (lackey, really) Ned Almond, in command of X Corps, will eventually be promoted out of Korea and then out of the service, when he should have been promoted to Leavenworth for gross deriliction of duty in ignoring the many warning signs.
Originally Posted by Ned the Three Star Racist Moron Almond
"The enemy who is delaying you for the moment is nothing more than remnants of Chinese divisions fleeing north. We're still attacking and we're going all the way to the Yalu. Don't let a bunch of Chinese laundrymen stop you."