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Calendar for June 16th, 2013

Father's Day

Like Mother's Day, Father's Day has a modern origin. The idea came to Mrs. John Dodd as she sat listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Smart, had raised his children alone on his Washington farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a "father's day" on June 5, her father's birthday. The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and soon other towns had their own celebrations. In spite of widespread support, Father's Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.


  • 1779: Spain declared war on Britain and the siege of Gibraltar began

  • 1880s

  • 1884: The first roller coaster in the United States began operation at Coney Island, New York

  • 1890s

  • Born 1890: Stan Laurel (comedian)

  • 1898: First issue of Klondike Nugget published, Dawson, Yukon

  • 1900s

  • Born 1902: Barbara McClintock (geneticist)

  • 1903: Andrew Jackson, Jr. was issued a patent for eye protectors for chickens

  • 1930s

  • Born 1938: Joyce Carol Oates (author)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1955: Laurie Metcalf (actress)

  • 1960s

  • 1960: Alfred Hitchcock's film, Psycho, released

  • 1961: Soviet dancer, Rudolph Nureyev, left the touring Kirov Ballet and asked for political asylum in France

  • 1963: First female in space, Valentina V. Tereshkova, was launched into orbit in Soviet Vostok VI

  • 1970s

  • Died 1970: Brian Piccolo (football player)

  • Born 1970: Phil Mickelson (golfer)

  • 1972: People were caught breaking into the United States Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building

  • Born 1977: Kerry Wood (baseball player)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1987: Diana DeGarmo (singer)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Jack Montgomery (Medal of Honor recipient)

  • 2005: A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off of California’s northern coast to become the fourth significant quake to jolt California in a week

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