Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Father's Day...just a little history!

Father's Day had it's inspiration in Mother's Day which was approved nationwide by a resolution signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 after 45 states had created their own Mother's Day beginning in 1880.  Creating a Father's Day did not meet with the same enthusiasm.  In 1909 a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, WA, one of six children raised by a widowers, wanted tried to establish a Father's Day.  She worked with community organizations throughout the state and Washington State celebrated the first official Father's Day on July 19, 1910.  This movement spread slowly.  In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state's to observe Father's Day, however, many men of the time did not want it and "scoffed at the holiday's sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving".   It took until 1972 to make Father's Day a national official day when President Nixon signed the Proclamation.

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