1914 – The U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. 5/8

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issues a presidential proclamation that officially establishes the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.

The idea for a “Mother’s Day” is credited by some to Julia Ward Howe (1872) and by others to Anna Jarvis (1907), who both suggested a holiday dedicated to a day of peace. Many individual states celebrated Mother’s Day by 1911, but it was not until Wilson lobbied Congress in 1914 that Mother’s Day was officially set on the second Sunday of every May. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

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Article Title Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first Mother’s Day holiday Author History.com Editors Website Name HISTORY URL https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/woodrow-wilson-proclaims-the-first-mothers-day-holiday

Date Accessed May 7, 2023 PublisherA&E Television Networks Last Updated May 6, 2021

Original Published Date November 16, 2009