What's the history of Father's Day?

According to History.com, back in 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, "tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents." She went around to local businesses to gather support for her idea, and on June 19, 1910, the Washington state celebrated the first Father's Day.

During the Great Depression, retailers made a push to commercialize the holiday. When World War II started, people began to use Father's Day as a way to pay respect to American troops.

On May 1, 1972, President Richard Nixon wrote and signed the Proclamation 4127. ""Let each American make this Father's Day an occasion for renewal of the love and gratitude we bear to our fathers, increasing and enduring through all the years,"

He declared Father's Day as a national holiday, with the first official celebration on June 18, 1972.

Nowadays, we celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday in June. This year, Father's Day is on Sunday, June 21, 2020. And on that day, we will tell and listen to our father how much we are proud of each other!

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