The history of Father’s Day

As we celebrate a day for dads, we take a look back at the history of the holiday.
2:19 | 06/18/21

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It is the third week in June, which means father's day is this Sunday, honoring our dads has become a yearly celebration, but have you ever wondered how that holiday actually came to be? Well, whit Johnson takes a look back at the history of father's day. Reporter: Sunday, June 20th, we celebrate dads for father's day. Showering gifts on the men who taught us to fly, made chores fun, and carried us on their backs for a ride in the sun. But when and where did the day for dads begin? It all started more than 100 years ago, first known father's day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. As the story goes sonora smart Dodd whose mother died in childbirth thought of her single dad in a mother's day church service in 1909 and launched an effort through the ymca and local churches to celebrate her dad and everyone else's. That first father's day was on June 19, 1910, her father's birth month, the idea then traveled to congress and it was acknowledged by several presidents. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson, the same president who signed the proclamation for a national mother's day approved a father's day, but no proclamation. Calvin Coolidge actually acknowledged the day as a national event in 1924. It wasn't until 1966, when president Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order for the nation to celebrate father's day on the third Sunday of June. A day for all to honor the love and gratitude which they have for their fathers. But it still wasn't an official national holiday. Not until 1972, that's when congress passed an act and president Nixon signed father's day into law. Today, six in ten men in America are fathers. Which means out of 121 million men over 15, 75 million are dads. So this year, on June 20th, when you have one dad, two dads, or some grand dads, spoil them with love and gifts, and wish them a happy father's day. For "Gma3," I'm whit Johnson. Happy father's day to whit, and to T.J., and to my dad. To my husband. All the dads out there. We've got everybody. Sunday, on father's day. Why don't we just get the one day? Don't you celebrate these guys all the time? We do our best.

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