5 Questions: A day for dads
103rd observance of Father’s Day is Sunday
Father’s Day is Sunday, and the U.S. Census Bureau shares this information about the annual observance.
Q: How and when did the first Father’s Day come about?
A: The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago, in 1909, by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.
Q: Why is it celebrated in June?
A: A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration —101 years ago, June 19, 1910 — proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
Q: How many fathers are there across in the United States?
A: The estimated number of fathers across the nation is 70.1 million, according to data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.
Q: Do you have a breakdown of marital status for fathers?
A: About 46 percent are divorced, 30 percent were never married, 19 percent are separated, and 6 percent are widowed.
Q: So how many Mr. Moms are there among U.S. fathers?
A: The estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2010 was 154,000. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 287,000 children