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Father's Day - How did it start and which countries celebrate it?

By BayAreaObserver   Jun 18, 4:23am   268 views   5 comments   watch (0)   quote      

The exact origins of what we now know as Father’s Day are disputed, though we do know the movement for a day which celebrated fatherhood began roughly 100 years ago.

Many believe that Sonora Dodd, from Washington, came up with the idea after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910 and wondering, not unreasonably, why fathers did not have their own day too. Dodd and her siblings had been raised by their father as a single parent after their mother died in childbirth. With the local YMCA and the Ministerial Association of Spokane, a city near where she was born, Dodd began a campaign to have the day officially recognised.

The first such “Father’s Day” was held in Spokane in 1910, with a number of towns and cities across America later following suit.

Others say it is Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, who should be credited with the concept of Father’s Day, after she suggested a day celebrating fatherhood in 1908.

She put forward the idea following a mine explosion in a nearby town which killed more than 360 men – arguing that children in the town needed a time to remember their fathers. Mrs Clayton may have been inspired by Anna Jarvis' work to establish Mother's Day; two months prior.

While American presidents unofficially supported the day, it was not until 1966 that it was put on the country’s official calendar by President Lyndon Johnson.

In 1972 it was made a permanent national holiday by President Richard Nixon


Also: Father's Day History with Video from the History Channel.

Also: Father's Day Quiz: How much dad trivia do you know?

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1   PeopleUnited   Jun 18, 7:32am     ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads, especially the one's who nurtured every day and still care for and spend time with their children regardless of age. Thank God for Fathers!

2   FortWayne   Jun 18, 1:00pm     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Happy Fathers Day fellow fathers.

3   Booger   Jun 18, 8:03pm     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

ICE sends home children to see their Father for Fathers Day, what a great organization.

4   BlueSardine   Jun 18, 9:34pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Why did it have to start?
Maybe it was always a part of the Minkowski space...

BayAreaObserver says

Father's Day - How did it start

5   zzyzzx   Jun 19, 11:41am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

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