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For other uses of the word Thursday, see Thursday (disambiguation).

Thursday is the day of the week between Wednesday and Friday. The name Thursday comes from the Old English unresdg, meaning the day of unor, commonly known in Modern English as Thor.

By some conventions (see ISO 8601), the Thursdays of a year determine the week numbering: week 1 is defined as the week that contains the first Thursday of the year, and so on.

Some have adopted an acronym for Thursday, similar to Friday's T.G.I.F., to say "So Happy It's Thursday," or S.H.I.T.

In the popular rhyme, "Thursday's Child has far to go".

In the United Kingdom, all general elections since 1935 have been held on a Thursday, and this has become a tradition, although not a requirement of the law – which only states that an election may be held on any day "except Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, bank holidays in any part of the United Kingdom and any day appointed for public thanksgiving and mourning". An explanation sometimes given for the choice of Thursday as polling day is that it was, in most towns, the traditional market day, although it has also been observed that the choice has practical advantages – with the outcome of the election being known by Friday, the new or continuing administration then has the weekend to organize itself in preparation for the "government shop opening for business" on Monday, the first day of the new week following the election.

In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, the character Arthur Dent says "This must be Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays". A few minutes later the planet Earth is destroyed. Thor, for whom the day was named, also appears later in the Hitchhiker's series and in other Adams books.

In the Hindu religion, Thursday is guruvar or the Guru's day.

Quakers traditionally refer to Thursday as "Fifth Day" eschewing the "pagan" origin of the name "Thursday".

Named Days

  • Black Thursday refers to October 24, 1929 when stock prices in the NYSE fall sharply, with record volume of nearly 13 million shares. Five days later, the market crashed on volume of over 16 million shares - a level not to be surpassed for 39 years. In popular imagery, the crash has come to mark the beginning of the Great Depression. (NYSE (http://www.nyse.com/about/timeline/1047054055290.html))

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