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Father's Day Has Mother's Day To Thank

June 15, 2013 by John Rook

Last month, we celebrated all the moms in our lives.
Today, it's Father's Day—dad's turn.
Though it doesn't eclipse Mother's Day when it comes to card giving (Father's Day is fourth on the list), it is celebrated by sons and daughters all over the nation.
But do you know where Father's Day originated?
Well, it's probably no surprise that Mother's Day gave birth to the first Father's Day.
See, as the story goes, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wa., was sitting in church on Mother's Day, listening to her priest give his mother-centric sermon, when it dawned on her to celebrate her father in the same way others were celebrating their mothers.
In 1910, a year after getting the idea, Dodd petitioned the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to recognize Father's Day on June 5. The Alliance, however, stated that nothing could be done in early June (it would take too much time to organize) and, instead, focused on June 19. That first Father's Day Sermon, given in Dodd's church, established the first official celebration. By 1916, President Woodrow Wilson was recognizing the day himself.

Happy Father's Day to every dad out there, from The Cheshire Herald.

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