While Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, thought of Father’s Day while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, it wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
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A gift for dad
Consumers say they will spend more than ever on Father’s Day this year, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation.