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Hallmark Holiday History for Father's Day

ruinsA Babylonian youth named Elmesu carved the first known Father's Day card in clay nearly 4,000 years ago. His special message wished his father good health and a long life.

William Jackson Smart of Spokane, Wash., a man ahead of his time, is the inspiration for modern-day Fatherís Day. Smart was a widower and Civil War veteran who was both father and mother to his six children for 21 years after the death of his wife.

Father's DaySmartís daughter, Sonora Louise (Mrs. John Bruce Dodd), got the idea for Fatherís Day in 1909 while listening to a Motherís Day sermon at church. She encouraged local churches to institute a Father's Day observance the following year on one Sunday in June, the month of her fatherís birth. Through her efforts, interest in the celebration of Fatherís Day grew and spread to other cities and states.

Although many congressional resolutions Father's Dayproclaiming a national Fatherís Day were introduced through the years, the holiday was made official in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed a presidential resolution that declared Fatherís Day as the third Sunday in June.

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