Father’s Day is right around the corner. In honor of this very special day, why not take a stroll down memory lane and take a peek at the interesting facts about the origins and history of Father’s Day. There are also some fun factoids as well.
2009 marks the 100 anniversary of the origins of Father’s Day.
Sonora Louis Smart Dodd is the founder of Father’s Day. In 1909, she wanted to honor and do something very special for her father, William Smart. Mr. Smart, a widower and Civil War veteran, was left to raise a newborn and five other children after Sonora’s mother died during childbirth.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington, in June, 1910.
Father’s Day was celebrated on different dates until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday in June.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon made it permanent – the national observance of Father’s Day would be held annually, on the third Sunday in June.
Today, there are over 64 million fathers in the United States.
As of 2006, there are over 14,000 hardware stores and over 23,000 sporting good stores in the USA.
Almost 95 million Father’s Day cards were given to dads last year.
Believe it or not, ties are still a popular gift for Father’s Day.