Fatherís Day Originate?
Where did Fatherís Day Originate? While there are about
seven renditions relating to the origin of Fatherís Day,
the most widely held version is this:
Father's Day originated through a young girl named
Sonora Louise Smart, who lived in Spokane, Washington.
Apparently, after listening to a Motherís Day sermon in
1909, she wondered why fathers werenít celebrated as
well. At 16, Sonora lost her mother in childbirth and
her dad, a civil war veteran, raised Sonora and her five
siblings. Determined to have Fatherís Day recognized as
a special day, Sonora finally witnessed the first
Fatherís Day celebration on June 19, 1910. Subsequently,
the idea gained popularity all over the US and thus
Fatherís Day became a national day of celebration.
In fact, President Woodrow Wilson, noticing the depth to
which this day became so popular, approved the idea in
1916. Furthermore, it was President Calvin Coolidge, who
also loved this idea, proclaimed Fatherís Day as a
national celebration in 1924. Interestingly enough, in
1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential
proclamation stating the third Sunday in June would be
officially declared Fatherís Day.
It didnít end there! President Richard Nixon permanently
established the observance of Fatherís Day in 1972. What
happened to the young girl who started it all? You will
be happy to hear that Sonora Smart Dodd was honored at
the Worldís Fair in Spokane in 1974 for her contribution
in making Fatherís Day a national day of recognition.
Today, Fatherís Day is celebrated around the world;
however, not all countries celebrate it on the same day.
In fact, in Australia and New Zealand, for example, it
is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.
Beginning with an idea and the determination to see it
through, Sonora Louise Smart was the catalyst who
brought recognition to make Fatherís Day a day of
celebration. Itís amazing what one person can do, isnít
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