"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

History of Father's Day
(from Wikipedia)

In the United States, the driving force behind the establishment of the celebration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent raised his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis' efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane.

Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread.

President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916.

President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.


More reverse-charge (collect) telephone calls are made on Father's Day than on any other day.

In the UK, Fathers Day is nine months before Mothering Sunday - suggestions have been made that Father gets his present on Fathers Day, and Mother gets hers nine months later!


Blogger nanc said...

i feel so tardy.

i didn't even remember to call my dad until the day after father's day!

you on vacation, john?

8:47 PM  
Blogger John said...

lol Kinda.

9:56 AM  

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