Happy 102nd Father's Day! Who came up with Father's Day? Bet you think it was a man, jealous for attention. Did you know that there are 70.1 million estimated number of fathers across the nation? To find out the truth, keep reading!
The True History
The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration — 101 years ago, June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb11-ff11.html
How much Time is spent with Daddy?
53% of children younger than 6 ate breakfast and 71% ate dinner, with their father every day in 2006. The corresponding percentages who ate with their mother were 58 percent and 80 percent.