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The day after Thanksgiving in the United States - the 4th Friday in November - has become the traditional starting date for the Christmas shopping season in the U.S. and Canada, marked by promotional sales by major retailers attracting throngs of eager shoppers at early hours seeking the best deals before supplies run out.
Originally used to describe stock market crashes, the term "Black Friday" was first associated with Thanksgiving in the 1960s, referring to the heavy traffic that followed Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia. But it wasn't until the 1990s that Black Friday began to be widely used as a reference to post-Thanksgiving sales, indicating a day when the retailers went "into the black" and started turning a profit.
At a Long Island Wal-Mart in 2008, a 34-year-old temporary worker was trampled to death on Long Island as an estimated 2,000 people raced to snag sale items when the doors opened (or were smashed) at 5 a.m. The worker died of asphyxiation.
In 2005, at a Wal-Mart in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a pregnant woman had to be taken to
the hospital after being knocked down by fellow shoppers.
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