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Black friday timeline
27 Nov 2017
The crash in the US gold market was the original "Black Friday".
Eaton's started a thanksgiving parade
Macy's followed Eaton's example and started it's Thanksgiving parade. The parade boosted profits the next day.
Eaton's added to their parade
Congress made Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November.
There was the great Depression. Thanksgiving was the during the fifth week of November. Retailers worried they would go bankrupt because of the shortened selling time for Christmas.
There was a push to call Black Friday Big Friday, but it didn't catch on.
People started taking the day after Thanksgiving off to buy things
Police, which were needed to control the crowds and traffic jams, started calling this Black Friday
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