FATHERS Day has been marked with a Google Doodle as children in dozens of countries say thank you to dad. Fathers Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June in 63 different nations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The Google Doodle to mark it is a rectangular bloc intended to look like a fabric work-shirt name badge, on which is written 'Google with a tie of questionable fashion sense replacing the 'L. The celebration in the Western sense of it, dates back to 1908, when one Grace Golden Clayton decided it was right to mark the deaths of 210 fathers in a mining disaster in Monongah, West Virginia, a few months before. Mrs Clayton chose the Sunday closest to the birthday of her own, recently deceased, father. Two years later, in a celebration not linked to Mrs Claytons, a Sonora Dodd, from Spokane, in Washington state, organised an event but it was not until 1966 that US President Lyndon B Johnson officially designated the third Sunday in June as Fathers Day. TG It had taken almost 60 years to come into force, after fears - perhaps rightly - that the day would become over-commercialised. By contrast, Mothers Day has been officially recognised in the US since 1914 and the UK festival was invigorated by US troops presence during the Second World War. In Arab countries, Fathers Day is marked on June 21, the first day of summer, because Mothers Day is celebrated on the first day of spring. In Germany, it is marked 40 days after Easter, on Ascension Day, but is generally a celebration of men. In the north and east, particularly, it is customary for groups of men to go for a hike, pulling a small wheeled cart full of wine, beer and traditional food. In Thailand, Fathers Day is set as the birthday of King Bhumibol (December 5) while in Taiwan it is celebrated on August 8 (the eighth of the eighth) because the Chinese for eight is ba, which sounds similar to the word for father. TG