WASHINGTON, June 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Sunday, June 17th.  This is one of the nation's favorite days — Father's Day.  However you celebrate the day — with a funny card, perhaps a tool he's always wanted or dinner at his favorite restaurant, it's a day to say thanks to the dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, and other father figures for all they've done for each of us.  The observance goes back to 1910, when Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington wanted to honor her father, who raised six children by himself after his wife died.  The idea caught on and spread across the country but didn't become official until 1966.  Across the country, there are just over 70 million men who are fathers.  Just under 25 million of them are part of married couple families with children younger than 18.  Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 317
               U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB12-FF.11

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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