Robert Brindley

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Father's Day 15th June 2008


Unlike Mother's Day, Father’s Day does not have a long standing tradition, hardly a 100 years in fact. It was the creation of an American woman called Sonora Dodd of Washigton State.

Her father, William Smart, was a veteran of the US Civil War whos wife died when their sixth child was born. He never remarried & brought up the children on his own on a rural farm in Eastern Washington State.

As Sonora grew up, she realised just how much her father had given up for her & her brothers & sisters and whilst listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 she had the idea for a equivalent Father’s Day celebration.

A year later on her father’s birthday, 19th June, the family celebrated the first Father’s Day.

Through her immense efforts, the then President, Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, openly supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in the USA. However it was not until over 40 years later that it became official.

Today Father's Day is celebrated in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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