10 Facts About Father's Day

10 Facts About Father's Day
In honor of fathers everywhere, here are ten facts about the day we spend celebrating them.

1. Father's Day falls on every third Sunday in June.

2. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Washington State.

3. Sonora Smart Dodd, who was raised by a widower, was inspired by Mother’s Day to seek out a day to honor fathers.

4. The first event honoring fathers took place on July 5, 1908, during a sermon in West Virginia.



5. President Ricard Nixon proclaimed Father’s Day a federal holiday in 1972.

6. Father’s Day was almost canceled when a movement arose to establish a combined holiday known as Parents’ Day.

7. The Great Depression helped Father’s Day remain intact by forcing retailers to commercialize the holiday.

8. In Europe and Latin America, fathers are celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on March 19.

9. In Thailand, the king’s birthday determines Father’s Day and is celebrated by donating blood and releasing captive animals.

10. According to 'Fortune,' Americans will spend a record $16 billion on gifts for Father's Day this year.

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