Tuesday, June 12, 2012

When was the first Father’s Day?

After the success of Mother’s Day in the early twentieth century, many wanted to create a similar holiday for other family members, and Father’s Day became the choice to succeed Mother’s Day. Founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Dodd wanted to celebrate her father who was a Civil War Veteran and a single parent who raised six children. Initially the holiday did not have much success and it faded into obscurity through the 1920s. In the 1930s, Dodd began promoting the holiday again, but most Americans resisted as they saw it as an attempt by merchants to repeat the commercial success of Mother’s Day. After many attempts by Congress, and several U.S. presidents to make Father’s Day a national holiday, in 966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. It was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day

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