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Fatherâ€™s Day is a day honoring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the worldâ€™s countries and on other days elsewhere. It complements Motherâ€™s Day, the celebration honoring mothers.
Fatherâ€™s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Motherâ€™s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honour and commemorate fathers and forefathers. Fatherâ€™s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities such as fathers day coloring pages.
The first observance of Fatherâ€™s Day is believed to have been held on July 5, 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, West Virginia, by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South of Fairmont.  The church still exists under the name of Central United Methodist Church.
Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Motherâ€™s Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church at Spokane, and she arranged a tribute for her father on June 19, 1910. She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Fatherâ€™s Day observance to honor all fathers.
It took many years to make the holiday official. In spite of support from the YWCA, the YMCA and churches, it ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar. Where Motherâ€™s Day was met with enthusiasm, Fatherâ€™s Day was met with laughter. The holiday was gathering attention slowly, but for the wrong reasons. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision, including jokes from the local newspaper Spokesman-Review. Many people saw it as just the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions like â€œGrandparentsâ€™ Dayâ€, â€œProfessional Secretariesâ€™ Dayâ€, etc., all the way down to â€œNational Clean Your Desk Day.â€
A bill was introduced in 1913, US President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924, and a national committee was formed in the 1930s by trade groups in order to legitimize the holiday. It was made a federal holiday when President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966.
In addition to Fatherâ€™s Day, International Menâ€™s Day is celebrated in many countries, most often on November 19.