Some people cite the a church sermon made in West Virginia, USA in 1908 in memory of 362 men killed in explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines. However, this was intended as a commemoration, not an annual holiday. Credit for the annual celebration is more usually attributed to Mrs Sonora Dodd.
Mrs. Dodd’s mother had died during childbirth, leaving her father, William Jackson Smart, to raise his five sons and daughter on his own. In 1910, she attended a Mother’s Day church service and decided that her father had made just as much effort in raising the family as mothers did. She decided his efforts should be honoured in the same way – with a special day. Approaching the Spokane Ministerial Association and the local YMCA, Mrs Dodd’s asked them to support her proposal. Originally intended to take place on her father’s birthday, the celebration had to be postponed until the third Sunday of June. The first Fathers day celebration took place on 19th June 1910 in Spokane. President Nixon made it a permanent national holiday by law in 1972. The idea of celebrating Fathers day spread to the UK from America.
A present for the adventurer dad.
This father’s day why not treat dad to a box set of unforgettable exploits of hero Indiana Jones.
The set includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Steven Spielberg and sound designer Ben Burtt. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade have both been remastered alongside 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This is the first time all four films have been available together in high definition.
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