On December 24, 1955 a newspaper ad told kids they could call Santa & listed the number. The number was incorrect & went to the US Air Defense Command. The colonel on duty told his team to give all kids Santa’s “current location“. This tradition now handles calls from over 200 countries.
A man was injected with Plutonium without his knowledge or consent and survived for 20 years, eventually surviving the highest radiation dose known for any human.
In 1897, 6 Inuit were taken to the Museum of Natural Science to be studied. All but two died of disease. A boy who survived pleaded for his dead father to have a traditional burial, so the curators staged a fake burial to trick the boy. Years later, the boy found his fathers skeleton on display.
The Manhattan Project secretly tested the effects of radiation on its own citizens, including injecting pregnant women and feeding schoolboys radioactive oatmeal.
In the 1830’s, Mexico had a problem with Americans illegally immigrating to Mexican Texas.
In the 50s & 60s the American government forcibly removed Native American children from their parents and put them up for adoption or into institutions, in order to have them assimilate into “white culture”.
Native Americans have been holding a National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving since 1970.
Thanksgiving was moved in 1939 to the fourth Thursday (from the last Thursday) in November by FDR at the request of the president of Macy’s, to increase the number of shopping days before Christmas.
California sterilized 20,000 people between 1900-1980 in a state run eugenics program.
Some Native Americans have celebrated “Unthanksgiving Day” for the last 37 years.