Father’s Day has an interesting, meaningful, and long history. Surprisingly enough, Father’s Day did not become an official holiday until President Nixon’s proclamation in 1972.
Here is the fun part!
1909 – Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, the oldest of six children who were raised by her father after her mother died during childbirth, thought of the idea. Listening to a Mother’s Day sermon, she made up her mind to establish a day to honor fathers.
1910 – The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, WA on June 19, 1910.
1924 – President Calvin Coolidge recommended that the third Sunday in June be set aside for this national holiday.
1966 – President Lyndon Johnson signed a similar proclamation in 1966.
1972 – President Nixon signed the proclamation that made Father’s Day into the national holiday we have today.