Contrary to popular belief, Father’s Day was not invented by gift-card companies or by the retail industry. It was started by Sonora Smart-Dodd as a tribute to her father, William Smart, who brought up 6 children on his own after his wife died during childbirth in 1898.
When Dodd became an adult, she realized the strength and selflessness of her father in raising children as a single parent. She first proposed the idea of a day dedicated to fathers in 1909. The first Father’s Day was observed a year later on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Finally in 1966, a presidential proclamation was signed by US President Lyndon Johnson declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
From Dads to step dads, from grandfathers to special uncles and for all that they do. Make
this Father’s Day June 19th special for them.