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THURSDAY

In 1985, a then-38-year-old writer named Larry David quit his gig at Saturday Night Live, fed up with Executive Producer Dick Ebersol’s inability to comprehend his comic vision. It’s possible that David just wrote bad sketches—during his single season at SNL, only one was aired. The rejected “The Phone Message,” however, became the basis for one of the most beloved episodes of Seinfeld, which David and Jerry Seinfeld created in 1989. Much like SNL, Seinfeld was a writer’s show, and David’s propensity for offbeat, observational humor made it the only show of its time to truly grasp the “situational” in “sitcom”—and a pop-culture touchstone to boot. Mention “the puffy shirt” to somebody in casual conversation, and they’ll let you know, “But I don’t wanna be a pirate!” So, this Thanksgiving Day, give thanks that high-seas fashion never quite made it to shore when the shirt goes on view at 10 a.m. at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (Chris Hagan)