Google doodle celebrates Father’s Day in the form of storytelling slot machine

16 Jun 2013

Google has unleashed another fantastic interactive doodle especially to mark Father’s Day. The interactive doodle on the Google homepage works by hitting the second ‘o’ in Google and it spins to depict fathers as we know them best: working, enjoying sports, gardening, doing DIY and barbequing.

The Father’s Day doodle takes users to a search result for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day was created in the US in the early 20th century to complement Mother’s Day.

The driving force behind the establishment of the special day was Sonora Smart Dodd who was inspired by a sermon about Mother’s Day to recommend to her pastor that fathers should have a special day too.

The first Father’s Day took place in 1910 but it petered out by the 1920s.

In 1938 with the help of the Father’s Day Council Dodd began promoting the day again.

It wasn’t until 1966, however, that the third Sunday in June became officially Father’s Day when President Lyndon B Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years