0 Today I Learned...the Origin of Father's Day

Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day!
Ever year we honor our dads on the third Sunday in June. But did you know? Father's Day 2010 is the 100th anniversary of the holiday.

It all began with a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Her father was a Civil War veteran, who raised Dodd and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She thought of the idea of a holiday to celebrate dads in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother's Day. Local religious leaders supported the idea and the first Father's Day was celebrated June 19, 1910 (the month of Dodd's father's birthday).

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially proclaimed it a national holiday. Father's Day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. [source]

To my dad and everyone else's—Happy Father's Day!

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