The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated on this day, June 19, 1910. It began in Spokane, Wash., when a woman named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a Mother's Day sermon at church. She wanted to honor her father, who had raised all six children by himself after his wife died. Sonora drew up a petition, which was immediately supported by the Young Men's Christian Association and the ministers of Spokane. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon established Father's Day as a permanent national observance of on the third Sunday of June.