Happy Father's Day!

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Edition 151 - June 20, 2021

Happy Father’s Day! 

This is one day out of the year where fathers get to have a day of their own. 

Father’s Day was founded in the city of Spokane, Washington at a YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She was the daughter of the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart who was a single father of six children due to the fact that his wife died of complications from the birth of their sixth child. 

Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of celebrating her father during a Mother’s Day service in 1909. 

She brought attention to the idea with the local government, store owners and different organizations, but it was the YMCA who took her up on the idea.

Initially it was suppose to be celebrated on June 5th which was her father’s birthday, but the YMCA needed time to prepare their sermons so it was decided to be on the third Sunday of June. This also gave it more time between Mother’s Day which was on the second Sunday of May. 

The first Father’s Day was then celebrated in the Spokane YMCA on June 19th, 1910. 

After the first Father’s Day, it started to get more popular throughout the years across the country.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson celebrated Fathers Day with his family. 

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge stated that governments should observe Father’s Day to: “Establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”

It was also thought that this attention to Father’s Day was a way to promote more commerce during the month of June. 

For many years after, Father’s Day was pushed for marketing purposes during the Great Depression and during and after World War II. Store owners had to be creative to survive by promoting things that dads may like during the month of June. During the war, advertisers promoted Father’s Day as a way to support and honor the troops.

Then in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order and made the first Presidential Father’s Day Proclamation that the holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. 

And finally in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the proclamation that made Father’s Day a federal holiday in the United States. 

It took around 62 years for Father’s Day to become official since the first celebration of Father’s Day. So for those who have fathers or for those who are fathers, it’s a special day to have.

Currently it’s June 20th, 2021. Hope you guys are having a great Father’s Day! 

-Mike Ye