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How Did Father’s Day Come About?

One of the most important events during the “Frog Days of Summer” is Father’s Day, and it’s this Sunday. Families will be honoring their dads, grandads, step-dads, fathers-in-law and father figures. But how did Father’s Day come about?

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According to Wikipedia:

“Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, some wanted to create a similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed.

Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas from Spokane, who was also the driving force behind its establishment.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.”

Happy Father’s Day!

 

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