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Father's Day Facts

Think about the month of June and you think of Father's Day, right? If you happen to be an inhabitant of a western nation, particularly the United States, it is just natural to think so. Father's Day in the U.S. is a grand affair and with the occasion coming up in a few days, you need to take a look at some of the interesting facts related to the event. You are sure to enjoy these little Father's Day Facts and when you have read them all, click here to share them with your friends and loved ones. Have a funfilled Father's Day ahead!

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, started the tradition of Father's Day in the honor of her dad, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who raised his six children on a farm after being widowed.

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It was while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in Spokane, Washington in 1909, that Sonora Dodd conceived of a Father's Day, a holiday in honor of all fathers.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Neckties are still the number one gift for Father’s Day. Fishing rods and golf clubs are other popular traditional Father’s Day gifts for dad.

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Father's Day is the fourth largest card-sending holiday in the U.S., ranking behind Christmas, Valentine's Day and
Mother's Day. 110 million cards were purchased on Father's Day in the U.S. in 2008.

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Approximately every Father's Day shopper in the U.S. spends $94.54 for their father.

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Father's Day had its first and local celebration in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.

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Father's Day was first celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The month of June was chosen by the mayor of Spokane as it was the month of William Smart's birth.

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In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father's Day. Exactly 50 years later, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation in 1966 declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.
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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.

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