Father’s Day took a long time to catch on
According to Wikipedia, the idea of a Father’s Day celebration goes back to 1907, when a memorial service was held for a large group of men who died in a mining accident in West Virginia.
From there, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd ran with the ball; her inspiration was her Civil-War-veteran father who raised 6 kids on his own.
She officially launched Father’s Day in 1910, but the idea fizzled out until many years later.
FINALLY, in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
Left: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his dog “Her” by the ears as White House visitors look on, April 27, 1964, on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C. At left is President Johnson’s other dog, “Him.” This picture raised criticism from dog lovers. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)