Archive for June 20th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Father's Day 2009 (06/20)

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Father’s Day & Fatherhood

June 20 : 01 day till Father’s Day

Did you know that many child development experts believe the influence of a father on his children is most critical from the ages of six to 14?

Former President George W. Bush, himself a father of two, agrees. As he wrote in the 2008 Presidential Proclamation for Father’s Day.

“By providing their sons and daughters with a positive example, fathers help give their children the necessary foundation they need to make wise decisions throughout their lives.”

*Read Barack Obama’s 2009 Presidential Father’s Day Proclamation

Father’s Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life – whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or “Big Brothers.” So join our Father’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Father’s Day on June 21st!

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(June 20) Today we're celebrating . . .  World Juggling Day

Saturday, June 20th, 2009


World Juggling Day
Share the art of juggling during this international holiday celebrated by juggling clubs around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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Countdown to Father's Day: Top TV Dads

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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As we countdown to Father’s Day (06/21) – here’s our continuing look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.

TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)

Ray Barone (1990′s/00′s)

Ray Barone (played by comedian Ray Romano) was the Italian-American, sportswriter dad to three on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005). Set on Long Island, the show featured the complicated (some might say: dysfunctional) family dynamics between the dopey but well-intentioned Ray; his long-suffering wife Debra; his gruff but good-hearted father Frank; and his meddling, passive aggressive mother Marie. And many were the opportunities for conflict between them, since Ray and Debra lived right across the street from Frank and Marie.

Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).

Father's Day 2009 – A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

The White House Released a Father’s Day Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

Father’s Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

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On Father’s Day, we pay tribute to the loving and caring fathers who are strengthening their families and country. We also honor those surrogate fathers who raise, mentor, or care for someone else’s child. Thousands of young children benefit from the influence of great men, and we salute their willingness to give and continue giving. We also express special gratitude to fathers who serve in the United States Armed Forces for the sacrifices they and their families make every day. All of these individuals are making great contributions, and children across the country are better off for their care.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in accordance with a joint resolution of the Congress approved April 24, 1972, as amended (36 U.S.C. 109), do hereby proclaim June 21, 2009, as Father’s Day. I direct the appropriate officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on this day. I urge all Americans to express their love, respect, and admiration to their fathers, and I call upon all citizens to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Read the full text – A Father’s Day Proclamation

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