Father's Day 2006 in the U.S.A.

Father's Day was spawned from Mother's Day.

   "The idea of Father's Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd 
    of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day 
    sermon in 1909, according to the U.S. Census Bureau."

By U.S. law, Father's Day is the 3rd Sunday of June.

   "The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was 
    issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated 
    the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day 
    has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President
    Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent."

The following statistics are from the U.S. Census Bureau and LiveScience.com.

  66.3 million: Estimated number of fathers in the United States today.
  26.4 million: Fathers with children under 18 and wives in a family setting.
   2.3 million: Number of single fathers with children under 18, up 
                from 400,000 in 1970. Currently, among single parents 
                living with their children, 18 percent are men.
   102 million: The number of Father's Day cards expected to be 
                given this year in the United States, making 
                Father's Day the fifth-largest card-sending 
                occasion. (Source: Hallmark research)
       143,000: Estimated number of "stay-at-home" dads, defined 
                as married fathers with children under 15 years 
                old have remained out of the labor force for more 
                than one year primarily so they can care for the 
                family while their wives work outside the home.
   4.6 million: Fathers who provide child support. All in all, 
                84 percent of child-support providers are men, 
                who provide median payments of $3,600 annually.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the "resident population of the United States, projected to 06/18/06 at 13:44 GMT (EST+5) is 299,006,066."

Exercises
  1. ________% of the U.S. population are fathers.

  2. 2.3 million is 18% of _________________.

  3. On average, a father receives __________ Father's Day cards.

  4. _______% of fathers have children under the age of 18 and wives in a family setting.

  5. No or Yes. Less than 1 percent of fathers are "stay-at-home" dads.

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Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 June 2006

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