How Did Father’s Day Originate and Why Did Mrs. Sonora Dodd Propose the Holiday Honoring Fathers?

During a Spokane, Washington, Mother’s Day service in 1910, a Mrs. Sonora Dodd thought of how she and her five brothers had been raised on a small farm by her single father.

She proposed a Father’s Day celebration, but although it caught on locally, it was a political hot potato and didn’t receive permanent recognition until an edict by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Father’s Day is now the fifth-largest card-sending occasion in North America.