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Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day.bmpReaders may recall our post last month about Mother's Day. It may come as no surprise that the inspiration for a holiday celebrating America's fathers came from the invention of Mother's Day, which became a national holiday in 1914.

However, it took a while for supporters of a version for fathers to get momentum, according to the History Channel's website. Though 45 states recognized Mother's Day by 1909, it was not until 1908 that the first Father's Day celebration took place at a West Virginia church. Curiously, many people believed that children simply did not feel the same sentimental attachment for their fathers as they did for their mothers.

Still, the idea slowly spread across the country. Washington State became the first state to recognize the holiday in 1910. By 1924, President Calvin Coolidge was encouraging states to recognize Father's Day, though he stopped short of making it a national holiday.

Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father's Day a federal holiday.

We wish all our readers a happy and fulfilling Father's Day!

Readers may recall our post last month about Mother's Day. It may come as no surprise that the inspiration for a holiday celebrating America's fathers came from the invention of Mother's Day, which became a national holiday in 1914.

However, it took a while for supporters of a version for fathers to get momentum, according to the History Channel's website. Though 45 states recognized Mother's Day by 1909, it was not until 1908 that the first Father's Day celebration took place at a West Virginia church. Curiously, many people believed that children simply did not feel the same sentimental attachment for their fathers as they did for their mothers.

Still, the idea slowly spread across the country. Washington State became the first state to recognize the holiday in 1910. By 1924, President Calvin Coolidge was encouraging states to recognize Father's Day, though he stopped short of making it a national holiday.

Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father's Day a federal holiday.

We wish all our readers a happy and fulfilling Father's Day!

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