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Good News in History, June 17

Today is Father’s Day in the U.S., first celebrated 108 years ago in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a church sermon about the newly recognized...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, June 17

Today is Father’s Day in the U.S., first celebrated 108 years ago in Spokane, Washington. After hearing a church sermon about the newly recognized Mother’s Day, Sonora Louise Smart, whose father had raised her, felt strongly that fatherhood needed recognizing, too. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph praising the town’s churches for recognizing the significant role fathers play. 50 years later, President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. (1910)