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OK, class, who proclaimed the first Thanksgiving? Hint: not a pilgrim, and not Squanto the friendly Indian. It wasn’t even a national holiday until Abraham Lincoln declared it so in 1863 (presidents had power back then). So sayeth scholar James Loewen in Lies My Teacher Told Me, a catalog of balderdash propounded by our nation’s schools—and by acquiescent historians seeking state approval for their textbooks. Loewen will suck the rest of the fun out of Thanksgiving, doubtless exposing it as a turkey-marketing ploy, at 6 p.m. at the Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $11. (202) 357-3030. (Bill Gifford)