Friday’s facts and Father’s Day

FRIDAY’S FACTS – FATHER’ DAY: There are two stories of when the first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in the state of Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. The other story of the first Father’s Day in America happened in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But no official action was taken. In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.  Family portrait of a Louisiana family by John Ritto Penniman (American painter, 1782–1841).

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