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Father’s Day: June 20

The idea of Father’s Day originated with Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who raised his six children by himself on a rural farm. June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — proclaimed in 1910 by Spokane’s mayor — because it was the month of William Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It has been celebrated annually since 1971.

66.3 million
Estimated number of fathers in the United States today. (From unpublished data.)

Father’s Day Gifts

  • Neckties lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of nearly 11,000 men’s U.S. clothing stores. Sales at men’s clothing stores exceeded $750 million in both May and June of last year.

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Did you buy your Dad a nice tie yet?

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