Father's Day celebrated in Google doodle
Sunday, 17 June 2012 01:29

Search engine creates doodle in honour of event created in early 20th century by American Sonora Dodd

Google has celebrated Father's Day by creating an animated version of its logo in tribute. It depicts the e from the logo covertly deploying a robot to deliver a mug bearing a #1 logo to a bespectacled letter l, before revealing itself and embracing the senior letter.

The modern celebration of Father's Day is usually believed to have been created in 1910 by the American Sonora Dodd, who lived near Spokane, Washington. She is thought to have started the celebration in honour of her single-parent father, civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, after the success of the first modern Mother's Day in 1908. Dodd initially intended it to be celebrated on 5 June, her father's birthday, but the ceremony was pushed back to the third Sunday in June to allow her pastor to prepare a sermon.

In 1972, US president Richard Nixon signed the holiday into law permanently, although it had been recognised unofficially six years earlier by Lyndon Johnson. Today, the day is famously – and possibly spuriously – said to be the busiest day of the year for reverse charge calls, while Time magazine claims that consumers in the US will spend $5.9bn (£3.75bn) less celebrating Father's Day than Mother's Day.

The third Sunday in June is the most popular day for the celebration worldwide, with over 60 countries choosing this date to mark the occasion.

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