The first Father's Day was started thanks to Mrs. John Dodd. Her father, William Jackson Smart, raised his six children by himself after his wife died. Mrs. Dodd wanted to have one day to honor fathers and asked local ministers in Spokane, Washington, for their support. The ministers agreed and chose June 19, 1910, for the first Father's Day celebration. Later, Congress officially changed the date to the third Sunday in June. This year, Father's Day falls on June 16.