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WJLA, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving turkey pardons: A history of the presidential tradition

The annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has not always been a pardon. In fact, the tradition of 'pardoning' a turkey only began in 1989. Before that, turkeys were presented to presidents, but they weren't necessarily spared.

A kinder, gentler turkey

President Reagan didn't let this turkey get away.

(Photo: Regaan Presidential Library/WJLA) of fullscreen mode

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