Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today's Trivia – Father’s Day

This week’s useless but interesting information is all about Father’s day...

- Father’s day was first recognized by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) whose father had,as a single parent, raised his six children. She conceived the idea of celebrating Father’s Day while she was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

- In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father's Day.

- In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made Father's Day a national event.

- The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

- Father's Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales. Husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons and sons-in-law are honored as well as fathers.

- Neck ties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are the number one gift for Father’s Day.

- Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers.

- Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs also make for a happy Father's Day.

- According to a survey, sons and daughters send 50% of the Father’s Day cards to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.

- Father's Day is generally celebrated in most parts of the world. In 52 countries (including the United States), it is recognized on the third Sunday in June. Other areas of the world, such as Sweden and Australia, recognize the holiday on different days.

- Though flowers are typically most closely associated with Mother's Day, they have their place on Father's Day, too. During the holiday's earliest period, many would wear or display red roses to honor their living fathers, while white roses paid homage to deceased fathers.

- Father’s Day is not a modern invention. It was first celebrated by a Babylonian youth named Elmesu, who carved a father’s day card out of clay, around 4,000 years ago. His special card was to wish his father good health and long life.

Other Names For Father

- Da
- Dad
- Daddy
- Pa
- Papa
- Pappy
- Pop
- Pops
- Pater
- The Old Man
- Windbag
- Old Fella
- Old Man
- Sir
- Papa Smurf
- Guvnor
- Paw Paw (especially in Louisiana and other southern US states)


  1. Wow, I never released that father's day was still in the works in 1966. I always thought it it had been around since the 1800s. Great round of trivia!

  2. I find it interesting that there already was a Mother's Day - but no one had thought we needed a day to honor the fathers. I love 'Windbag' lol!

  3. WebDebria, I thought so, too. Whenever I put together trivia, I always learn something new.


    Jane, I'm surprised, too, that no one thought to honour fathers just like mothers.

    I love the word windbag, too! It's hilarious.