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All about Father's Day
Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day. While listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909, Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day.
Ms. Sonora Smart Dodd was raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died. Ms. Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.
This idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956 as a United States federal holiday. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
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Fathers' Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday in June in the USA.
It was made a national holiday in 1966.