July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation's first event
explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362
men who had died in the previous December's explosions at the Fairmont
Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and
not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named
Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to
establish an official equivalent to Mother's Day for male parents. She
went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials
to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington
State celebrated the nation's first statewide Father's Day on June 19,
- Today, economists
estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on
Father's Day gifts.
- Father's Day is the 3rd
Sunday of June.
- There is also a trend to
present Father's Day gifts to dad, most popular of all being neckties.
Along with hammers, wrenches, and screwdrivers.
- Female shoppers spend
50% more than men on gifts for their father.
- The world's oldest
father was an Indian farmer named Nanu Ram Jogi, who fathered his 21st
child at the age of 90, in the year 2007.
- "When I was a boy of
fourteen, my father was so ignorant I cound hardly stand to have the
old man around. But when i got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at
how much he had learned in seven years."~ Mark Twain
- "It is not flesh and
blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."I "~ Johann
- "Dad your guiding hand
on my shoulder will remain with me forever."~ Unknown
- "I've had a hard life,
but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went
through to get me to where I started."~ Bartand Hubbard
gave my dad $100 and said "Buy yourself something that will make your
life easier." So he went out and bought a present for my mother."~
- "For all the love and
care, for all the moments shared, for all the joys you brought, for all
the things you taught,You have always made me glad, Happy Father's Day,
to the best dad. ~ Unknown