June 18, 2017 - Father's Day
According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 74 million cards given
Fifty percent of all Father's Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father's Day cards are given to husbands.
The U.S Census Bureau estimates there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States in 2008. And that there are 199,000 stay-at-home dads in 2015
taking care of children while a spouse works outside the home.
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd
of Spokane, Wash., is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day.
Dodd wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, a widower who raised six children on his own.
1910 - Spokane celebrated the first Father's Day on June 19, the anniversary of William Jackson Smart's birthday.
1924 - President Calvin Coolidge
publicly supported plans for a national Father's Day.
1966 - President Lyndon Johnson
proclaimed Father's Day to be an official national holiday.
1972 - President Richard Nixon
signed into law a permanent U.S. Father's Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.