Do You Know How Father’s Day Began?

Here’s how Father’s Day began – 

At a Mother’s Day service in May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington decided she wanted to designate a day in honor of her dad.  Her mother died in childbirth and Dodd’s father had found himself solely responsible for raising the baby as well as his other five children.

According to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, the first Father’s Day was celebrated on Sunday June 19, 1910 with a church service where roses were handed out.

In 1924, President Coolidge supported supported the holiday and in 1938 a National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day was formed by men’s clothing retailers in New York City.  However, it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. President Richard Nixon signed the law that made Father’s Day a permanent holiday in 1972.

Father’s Day is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year on June 19, and it all began when a young woman wanted to honor her dad.

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