Father’s Day Fun Facts

Father’s Day Fun Facts

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Courtesyof bestfunfacts.com and manoflabook.com * June 19, 1910, marked the first Father’s Dayon record. Sonora Dodd from Washington State wanted to have a special day toshow appreciation to her father William Smart, who was a Civil War veteran anda widower whose wife died during the childbirth of their sixth child. He raisedhis six children as a single father. The day was chosen in June, the month ofDodd’s father’s birthday. * Father’s Day was not recognized nationally on a largescale until 1966. President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday of Juneto be Father’s Day. However, not until 1972 did Father’s Day become an annualpermanent holiday thanks to President Richard Nixon who signed Father’s Day asa public law. * According to the US Census Bureau, in America there are 9,003 men’s clothing stores, 14,012 hardwarestores, and 23,270 sporting good stores. {{more}} * In2008, there were about 140,000 stay-at-home-dads raising 234,000 children. * There have been two setsof father-son Presidents of the United States:   1. John Adams was the 2nd U.S. President. His son John Quincy Adams became the 6th US President .   2. George Bush was the 41st U.S. President. His son George W. Bush became the   43rd U.S. President . * Hallmark recognizes Father’s Dayas the 4th holiday for sending cards. 110 million cards are exchanged forFather’s Day. 50% of these cards are given to dads by sons and daughters. 20%are given by wives. And 30% are given by relatives and friends to anyone who isa father. Most popular types ofFather’s Day cards are “dad from daughter” cards. Hallmark produces over 800card designs for Father’s Day. * Father’sDay is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls. * In “Lit­tleOrphan Annie” Daddy Warbuck’s full name is Lieu­tenant Gen­eral OliverWarbucks * Char­lie Brown’sfather’s occu­pa­tion is a barber. * It’s a tra­di­tionthat Mr. Dar­ling and Cap­tain Hook are played by the same actor in the play”Peter Pan”. * Jack Tor­rance,the psy­chotic father in Steven King’s “The Shin­ing”, is a schoolteacher by trade. * Babar, King ofthe Ele­phants, is first and fore­most a father to Pom, Flora, Alexan­der andIsabelle. * Charles”Pa” Ingalls, the patri­arch of “Lit­tle House on thePrairie” series loved to travel and moved his fam­ily many times. From Wis­con­sin,to Indian Ter­ri­tory in south­east­ern Kansas, then back to Wis­con­sin, thento south­ern Min­nesota, then for a year to Burr Oak, Iowa, then back to Min­nesota.His wife Car­o­line agreed to one last move, De Smet, South Dakota where thefam­ily finally set­tled for good. * For the firsthalf of the book “Lit­tle Women”, their father, Mr. March, is serv­ingas a chap­lain in the Civil War. Bron­son Alcott, the father of author LouisaMay Alcott, was said to be as over­bear­ing and had fre­quent con­flicts withhis daugh­ter which might explain Mr. March’s ease of atti­tude and will­ing­nessto let his daugh­ters take charge. * Cor­macMcCarthy’s “The Road” is, in its heart, a tale of father and son jour­neyand sur­vival. The pair is referred through­out the book as “thefather” and “the boy”. * Tarzan was agrand­fa­ther. Tarzan and Jane’s son was named John “Jack” Clay­ton.Jack’s ape name was Korak. Korak had a son with a woman named Meriem whom hesaved from cap­tiv­ity. Their son’s name was Jackie. * By 1939, in Super­man #1 the father was stillname­less, the mother was known as “Mary Kent”. From their until 1950the name varies, some­times it’s “Eben”, some­times “John”.Finally, in 1950 Adven­ture Comics#149 came out and the man we all know as Jonathan Kent finally got his right­fulname.