Because today is Father’s Day, makes you wonder how it started.
June 19th 1910 a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd held a celebration in Spokane, Washington to honour her father, a civil war veteran, who a single parent who raised his six children.
Sonora believed fathers should have a day of recognition just like mothers.
After an initial suggestion of June 5th for Fathers Day, the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June.
Father’s Day History (USA)
- 1913 A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress
- 1916 President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane in to speak at a Father’s Day celebration and he wanted to make it an officially recognized federal holiday, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized
- 1924 President Calvin Coolidge recommended the day be observed throughout the entire nation, but he stopped short at issuing a national proclamation
- 1957 Maine senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a Father’s Day proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus singling out just one of our two parents
- 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day
- 1972 Father’s Day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law
In Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday