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The History of Father's Day

Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards.


In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards!


Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.


The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.


At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day.".


In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.


Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.






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anam from India
02:53 10/11/2011
 
the best!!!!! awesome
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Kri$ from Trinidad and Tobago
14:34 06/19/2011
 
Happy Fathers Day 2 all.
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joey from North Carolina, US
11:52 06/19/2011
 
happy fathers day god $ dad . love you both
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Artie from New York, US
08:56 06/19/2011
 
I think everyday should be fathers day, i love my daughter so much....miss you dad... I Love You
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Tony EZE from Nigeria
06:15 06/19/2011
 
All fathers are made in God's image & as such should be godly. May God bless every good work of your hands to be good fathers.
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FALADE O VICTOR from Nigeria
05:25 06/19/2011
 
I WISH ALL D GOOD AND BAD FATHER'S HAPPY DAY PLEASE BE OF GOOD FATHER LIKE JOSHUA.GOD BLESS U ALL
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pst Bolaniran omokorede from Nigeria
15:49 06/18/2011
 
God bless dads world over.dads are wonderful,dads are great, thanks to the Almighty for making me one.
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Unyimeabasi Jumbo from Nigeria
10:50 06/18/2011
 
to all d dads in the world...happy father's day...to my precious dad, Elder Udo J. JUMBO
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Ohemaa Kente from Ghana
05:03 06/17/2011
 
DAddy, ur words, encouragement and support made me what i'm today. I appreciate ur effort.....Daddy Jesus, i love you.
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Marie Bauer Galpin from Canada
20:53 06/16/2011
 
Fathers Day couldn't be explained any better, very interesting


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