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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

President Richard Nixon, 1969

Photo: National Archives and Records Administration

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Is this turkey a crook?

President Richard Nixon accepts a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the National Turkey Federation in this Nov. 18, 1969 photo. Nixon issued a total of 926 presidential pardons to humans during his six-year presidency — including labor leader Jimmy Hoffa and mobster Angelo DeCarlo — but did not pardon this turkey.