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U Unlike Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day doesn't have deep religious ties. In fact, it began as a "spinoff" to Mothers' Day. Not wanting to leave Dads out, people began celebrating their fathers about a month after Mothers' Day. That's why Fathers' Day is always celebrated in June. So, how did the very first Fathers' Day celebration come to be? There are two stories that claim to be the starting point for Fathers' Day: 1. Back in July of 1908, a woman named Grace Golden Clayton wanted to honor the 210 fathers who lost their lives in the massive Monongah mining disaster the year before. The end result? Fathers' Day. 2. Back in June 1910, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was reportedly listening to a Mothers' Day sermon, when she decided that fathers needed their own holiday. As a tribute to her own father, Dodd wanted to hold the celebration on June 5th - her father's birthday. However, the party wasn't quite ready by then, so Dodd had to settle for honoring dads on June 19th.

the idea of making Fathers' Day an official holiday several times! Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson decided to declare Fathers' Day a bonafide holiday. President Johnson proclaimed that Fathers' Day would be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of every June. Even still, his proclamation didn't become official until 1972! Since then, though, the rest - as they say - is history. Today, millions of people honor their dads on Fathers' Day. In keeping with tradition, it's celebrated much the same way that Mothers' Day is - with cards, phone calls, and gifts paving the way. Of course, the holiday has since gathered commercial appeal, just like Mothers' Day has. But as popular as Fathers' Day is, it still does not generate as many phone calls and spending as Mothers' Day does. However, to the people who fought so hard to make it a full-fledged holiday, it really is a "Happy Father’s Day!"

But for Dodd, celebrating once wasn't enough. She decided to spread the word and convince others to celebrate Fathers' Day - but the idea was slow to catch on. In fact, Fathers' Day didn't become popular until the 1920's. Until then, people didn't think of it as a holiday; they only celebrated Mothers' Day. In the meantime, there were some Fathers' Day supporters who tried to get the rest of the U.S. onboard - but Congress actually rejected

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