I know it’s not for a few days yet, but I thought I’d write a post about this celebration before Sunday, June 15th.
The day honours fathers and fatherhood. It was created as a compliment to Mother’s Day, which was the creation of American Anna Jarvis.
The first Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. The real day was on June 19, 1910. She had approached her pastor and suggested June 25, for her father’s birthday. But the pastors didn’t feel they had enough time to prepare their sermons, and so the celebration was deferred to the 3rd Sunday of June.
There was much debate about this issue. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916; U.S. President Calvin Coolidge in 1924; Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith in 1957; U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. Finally, in 1972, the day was officially recognized as a permanent national holiday when U.S. President Richard Nixon signed it into law. Amazing, isn’t it?
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