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Father’s Day was started in the US in the early 20th century and is celebrated every year on June 19. Let’s take a look at some fun facts about Father’s Day.
The daughter of an American Civil War veteran, Sonora Smart Dodd led the efforts for fathers to be recognized after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. Her father had cared for his six children after their mother passed away while giving birth to the sixth child.
The “Fathers’ Day” spelling was used by Dodd on her original petition for the holiday in the United States, but in 1913 the spelling “Father’s Day” was used on the first bill which attempted to establish the holiday, and it continued to be spelled the same way when Ms Dodd was commended by the U.S. Congress in 2008.
In 1972, President Nixon finally signed it into law and Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday in the US.
The necktie is consistently the most popular gift.
If you thought Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day was the most connected day of the year, you’re wrong. Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls.
In 2008, students in some regions of Scotland were not allowed to make Father’s Day cards at school for fear of upsetting those with single mothers.
Over 87 million cards are sent each year making father’s day the fourth-largest greeting card occasion of the year.
In February, 2009, 13-year-old Alfie Patten shocked the world when he fathered a child with his 15 year old girlfriend. But in 2015, a boy from Auckland, New Zealand fathered a child with a 36 year old woman when he was 11 and has now become the world’s youngest father.
In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated is an unusual way. Men hike with hand-pulled wagons filled with beer, and often partake heavily of that and the local food.
A father’s right to paid paternity leave is applicable in tat least 66 countries, and with around 30 offering 14 weeks or more.
Among seahorses, it’s the male who carries the babies. While mating, the female seahorse deposits 1,500 eggs in the male’s pouch, who carries them until they’re fully developed.
There is a famous quote by Mark Twain about his father: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could 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.”
Snug moments. Happy Day! 🙂