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From our archives, 100 years ago

On this day in 1910, Spokane residents received their first hint about a newfangled idea: Father’s Day.

Spokane’s Sonora Smart Dodd submitted a proposition to the Spokane Ministerial Alliance and the YMCA to declare June 19, 1910, as Father’s Day in Spokane.

In her proposition, she pointed out that mothers already had their own day and even kids had a Children’s Day in area Sunday schools. She said that Father’s Day would recognize the father’s place in the home, his importance in training children, “the safeguarding of marriage ties, and the protection of womanhood and childhood.”

The ministers and the YMCA “enthusiastically endorsed” her proposition.

This Father’s Day proposal was for Spokane, but the story said that Dodd and the other boosters wanted to “eventually have the whole world observe the day.”

This year, Spokane plans to celebrate the centennial of Father’s Day with events over the next two weeks.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1944: The D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. … 1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died a day after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.