The first observance of Father's Day in the US is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington through the efforts of a dutiful daughter by the name of Sonora Dodd.
It was she who wanted a day set aside to honor her father, William Smart, a widower and Civil War veteran -- who had single-handedly raised all six of his children.
Soon, the idea of Father's Day caught on throughout the rest of the country to became an unofficial US holiday, However, it would be decades before President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966 designating the third Sunday in June to be Father's Day, and it only became a national holiday when President Nixon signed the official proclamation in 1972.
Today, Father's Day is celebrated in various ways and on different days around the world. The German tradition for honoring fathers, for example, is on Ascension Day in May (with lots of wine and beer!)
In some Roman Catholic countries St. Joseph's Day on March 19 is the customary day to honor all fathers. In Russia, fathers are customarily honored on "Defender of the Fatherland Day" on February 23.
Just up ahead, discover more information on the history of Father's Day along with Father's Day gift ideas for honoring dads and fathers on their special day, including tips and instructions on homemade crafts projects, song lists, poems and tributes ...
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