113: Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day in the United States and many other countries around the world.

Here are a few facts you may not have known about the holiday.

First, it was started in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington.

Second, the idea didn’t spread quickly as legislators were concerned that the holiday would become too commercialized. Eventually, those commercial interests, including makers of men’s ties and tobacco pipes helped push the holiday into the mainstream.

Third, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made the holiday official by proclaiming the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day. The holiday was officially signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Our question: Which came first: Father’s Day or Mother’s Day?

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