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Father’s Day Facts and Stats for Fathers and Father Figures Everywhere

Senior Father and his son working on a bike
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. Surprisingly, the holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared 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.

Impress Your Dad With These Father’s Day Facts

It was my father who taught me to value myself

    • It’s estimated that there are 70.1 million fathers in the United States.
    • In 2013, 2 million fathers listed themselves as single parents
    • There are approximately 1.4 million stay-at-home dads and this number continues to rise
    • 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 world’s oldest “Father’s Day card” is a 4,000-year-old Babylonian tablet that a young boy named Elmesu carved to wish his father a long life and good health.
    • Over 87 million cards are sent each year on Father’s Day, making it the 4th most popular day for sending cards.
    • 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.
    • Charles Darwin, the “father of evolution” was also a devoted father to his 10 kids (two of whom died in infancy). In a time when childrearing 
    • a father and son blowing bubbleswas seen as women’s work, he played a central role in educating and raising his children.
    • In the underwater world of the seahorse, it’s the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.
    • In 2016 fathers reported spending an average of 8 hours per week on child care – about triple the amount of time they provided in 1965
    • 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”.


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