How Black Friday

There was a time when Black Friday had nothing to do with holiday shopping.When The New York Times first used the phrase in an article in 1870, it was to refer to a gold market collapse in September 1869. In the 1950s, Black Friday referred to the day after Thanksgiving not because of retail sales but because it was a day when an unusually high number of workers would call in sick. It wasn't until the mid-1970s that the term ...

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