Profile America — Sunday, June 19th. This is one of the nation's favorite days — Father's Day. However you celebrate the day — a funny card, perhaps a tool he's always wanted, or dinner at his favorite restaurant, it's a day to say thanks to the dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other father figures for all they've done for each of us. The observance goes back to 1910, when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after his wife died. The idea caught on and spread across the country, but didn't become official until 1966. Across the country, there are just over 70 million men who are fathers. Just over 25 million of them are part of married couple families with children younger than 18. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 327
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.11
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