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Fathers Day sayings and trivia

Updated on March 16, 2012

Father's Day Trivia

June 19, 1910 - First Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. The tradition was started by Sonora Louise Smart Dodd in honor of her father William Smart. June 19th was chosen because it was William Smarts birthday.

1916 - President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing Father's Day annually.

1924 - President Calvin Coolidge made Father's Day an annual event.

1966 - President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that declared the third Sunday of June as Father's Day.

1972 - President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Red roses worn on Father's Day signifies that the father is living, white roses means the father is deseased.

Father's Day celebrations around the world

 3rd Sunday in June

United States

United Kingdom







1st Sunday in September


New Zealand

2nd Sunday in June


2nd Sunday in August


2nd Sunday in November





1st Sunday in June


August 8


December 5


March 19 (St. Josephs Day)



Ascention Thursday (40 days after Easter)


Father sayings

*It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

*The greatest gift I ever had came from God I call him Dad. - Unknown

*The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -- Theodore M. Hesburgh

*The older I get the smarter my father seems to get. - Tim Russert

*Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. - Bill Cosby

*A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. - Unknown

*A father's love warms the heart of his children forever. - Unknown

*There are three stages in a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, He doesn't believe in Santa Claus, He is Santa Claus. - Unknown

*A father carries pictures where his money used to be. - Unknown

*Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice. - Unknown

*No matter how tall I grow I will always look up at my Dad. - Unknown

*Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. - Unknown

*Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a Dad. - Unknown

*Bllessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him Father. - Lydia M. Child

*By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

*A father and his car keys are soon parted. - UnknownFathers hope their sons will turn out just like them and worry that their daughters will meet someone who did. - Unknown

* It is much easier to become a father that to be one. - Kent Nerburn

*Hell hath no fury like a Dad whose tools are missing. - Unknown

Father's Day Gift Ideas

  • Daddy's Hands Keepsake Frame with Photo and Handprint

This wonderful person gift will be treasured by any father for years to come. Included is a beautiful poem, a photo and a space for a personal handprint from the child who is giving this gift.

  • Office Caddy

For the golfing father in your life there is a marvelous Golf Ball Office Caddy. This is a paper clip dispenser that incluses a magnetic tee to hold all of your stray paper clips. The perfect gift for the golf lover in your life.

  • Motorized Tie Rack

For the professional father in your life there is the motorized tie rack. All he has to do is touch a button and his ties will come to him. This nifty little gadget will help keep his ties neat and organized. Not only that it will hold belts too. It holds 60 ties and up to 8 belts.

  • Perfect Steak Digital Timer

This neat little gadget helps the BBQing father cook up to 4 steaks at once to each person's individual perfection. It alerts you when to crisscross steaks, to flip them over and when they are done.

  • Universal Remote Control and Bottle Opener

For the TV loving dad there is a gadget that will become indispensible. The combination remote control and bottle open will control up to 8 devices and open a bottle at the same time. You dad will never have to leave the couch.

  • Personalized Tee Shirt

What father wouldn't love a personalized Father's Day tee shirt that announces to the world just what a great dad he his? Not only that you can add your name to the shirt to show the world just hjow proud you are of him.


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Angela, I love that quote. It's so true4.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I try to learn something new everyday. The mosre I researched the more I found out how little I knew about Father's Day. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      And you already included my favorite quote, The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -- Theodore M. Hesburgh Great article thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved these quotes and learned from this hub about the origin of Father's Day observances being held at different times around the world. Interesting! Thanks! I loved my Dad. This coming month will be the time in the USA and other places for people to honor their dads. Of course, it should be done on a year round basis...not just one day of the year. Up votes and shared.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      That saying is so true. Thanks

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      BL Tween 7 years ago

      My favorite quote here is

      "The older I get the smarter my father seems to get." - Tim Russert

      Nice Hub.