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100th Anniversary of Father's Day

father_with_child.jpgThis Sunday families across the nation will be celebrating Father's Day. Did you know 2010 is the 100th year this holiday will be celebrated? The U.S. Census Bureau has put together some interesting facts about fathers in the U.S. to commemorate the holiday's Centennial.

In 1909, Sonora Dodd, a Spokane, Washington resident, wanted a holiday to honor her father, who raised six children by himself. The mayor of Spokane chose June of 1910 to hold the holiday. June was the birth month of Ms. Dodd's father. Father's Day officially became an American holiday, to be celebrated the third Sunday in June, in 1972. The law was codified at 36 U.S.C. ยง109.

For some suggestions on how to celebrate Father's Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Family Assistance has several lists of activities fathers and families can do.


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