Saturday, June 19, 2010

On June 19

On this day in ...
... 1910 (100 years ago today), the 1st Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. Among those credited with its establishment (prior post) is a then-28-year-old woman, Sonora Smart Dodd (left), whose father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, had cared for her and her 5 younger brothers after their mother, Ellen Cheek Smart, died in 1898. The hearing in 1909 of a sermon about Mother's Day inspired Dodd's work toward the honoring of fathers as well. "In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the 3rd Sunday of June each year." This year -- not only in the United States, but also in other countries, from Argentina to the United Kingdom -- Father's Day is tomorrow. (It's today in Bulgaria.)

(Prior June 19 posts are here, here, and here.)

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