Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, first proposed the idea of a “father’s day” in 1909 as a tribute to her dad who raised six kids, but a holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father’s Day. President Richard Nixon made this proclamation permanent in 1972. Check out these other facts and stats about dads.
• It’s estimated that there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
• Americans are expected to spend some $12.7 billion on Father’s Day gifts this year.
• 76 percent of Americans celebrate Father’s Day.
• The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one represents you father being deceased.
• The world’s oldest dad, Ramajit Raghav, fathered his second child at age 96.
• The world’s youngest grandfather is 29-year-old Shem Davies of Bridgend, South Wales.
• In the underwater world of the seahorse, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.
• The word “Dad” was first recorded in the sixteenth century, but it’s also believed that it originated from a child’s fist word “da-da”.