The idea for Father’s Day came to Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA, while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran and farmer who raised six children on his own after their mother died during childbirth. She petitioned the city of Spokane, asking for her father’s birthday, June 5, to be set aside as a special day, but instead the mayor settled upon the third Sunday in June, the month of her father, William Smart’s birth.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910, and in 1916 then-President Woodrow Wilson attended a Father’s Day celebration there. Fifty years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a public law that made it a permanent day of national observance.
There are more collect calls on Father’s Day than any other day of the year with an estimated $1 billion is spent each year in the United States for Father’s Day gifts, but Dad is still footing the bill when it comes to phone calls from the kids.Father’s Day ranks number one for the day that the most collect calls are made, according to AT&T.
Dads receive far fewer greeting cards than moms. About 140 million moms receive cards for Mother’s Day, compared to just 90 million dads getting Father’s Day cards.