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Sons and Daughters Celebrate Father's Day Learning Interesting Holiday Facts

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NBCRightNow.com - People all over celebrated their fathers Sunday.

The U.S. Census Bureau says there are more than 70 million dads across the country.

But did you know Father's Day started pretty close to home? 

The holiday has not always been around in fact it started in 1910 not too far from us in Spokane, Washington.

A Spokane woman, Sonora Dodd was listening to a Mother's Day sermon that got her thinking why we do not have a holiday for dads.

Her father, William Smart was a Civil War veteran who raised six on his own after his wife died during childbirth.

Dodd chose June as the month to celebrate dads because it would coincide with her dad's birthday but it wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed Father's Day as the third Sunday in June.

"We honor our dads in our home by just spending time with them going out to dinner," one Kennewick woman.

The U.S. Census Bureau says 17 percent of single parents are dads and nine percent are raising three or more kids younger than 18. When it comes to the most popular gifts for dads this year? 

"Probably like the number one dad cup mug thing," guessed Vanessa Emerick.

"Fishing stuff, maybe gift cards to like food places, probably not flowers probably pretty opposite of Mothers Day," said Predrag Pesevic.

Tech gadgets, sporting good and outings to sports games also make the list. 
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