A Brief History of Father's Day

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CA Staff
Jun 16, 2012
My father, Col. William A. Darden

Four United States Presidents had a hand in establishing Father's Day: Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Lyndon B. Johnson and President Richard M. Nixon.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved of the idea of a national day to honor fathers, and in 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father's Days, encouraging states to hold an annual Father's Day celebration to "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations."

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation calling for the third Sunday in June to be recognized as Father's Day and asking that flags to be flown on all government buildings that day.

However, it was not until 1972 that President Richard M. Nixon established a permanent national Father's Day observance. Since then, fathers had been honored by their families across the U.S. on the third Sunday in June every year.

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