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Father's Day has roots in early 20th Century

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Father's Day was first devised in 1910, but was not officially recognized until 1966. (Source: MGN) Father's Day was first devised in 1910, but was not officially recognized until 1966. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Dads, stepfathers, grandpas and other father-figures were honored Sunday on the annual observance of Father's Day.

Unlike the matriarchal counterpart, national recognition of Father's Day took a notably longer time to catch on. Mother's Day was congressionally recognized some six years after the idea was first commemorated.

Observance of Father's Day goes back to 1910, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sonora Dodd of Spokane WA wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after the passing of his wife.

The idea, like Mother's Day, quickly spread across the country, but did not become official until 1966.

The Census Bureau said just over 70 million men in the United States are fathers.

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