Father’s Day was first observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington . Sonora Smart Dodd (Mrs. John B. Dodd) of Washington State proposed the idea in 1909 after she had attended a Mother’s Day service. Mrs. Dodd wanted to honor her own father. William Smart, who had been a Civil War veteran, who raised six children after his wife died in childbirth.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924. It took until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson declared the 3rd Sunday of June Father’s Day officially in the United States of America , but this was only for one year. On April 24, 1972, Father’s Day was assured annual recognition by Presidential Proclamation. In Australia , Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September.
This year Fathers Day is being celebrated in the United States on Sunday, June 16, 2013.
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