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The Family

fam' i lE, (1) parents and their children considered as a group; (2) a group of persons descended from a common progenitor; (3) a group of persons who form a household


The Curious Courtship Practice Known as BundlingThe Curious Courtship Practice Known as Bundling
was an 18th-century custom that allowed a clothed couple to carry on their courting in bed, even while that same couple was being reminded of the evils of having sex before marriage.
Mother's DayMother's Day
as we know it in the United States began with a tribute to one mother on May 12, 1907. That one tribute became an annual tradition, and an "official" holiday in 1914.
Father's DayThe Father's Day
we know today began in Spokane, Washington, thanks to the efforts of Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, who believed that fathers should be celebrated with a special day just as mothers were. The first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.
International Year of the Child, 1979The International Year of the Child
was observed in 1979. A project of the United Nations, the idea was for countries around the world to focus attention on the 1.5 billion children who then populated the Earth. A total of 151 nations took part in some way or another.
Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
defied social norms and the legal system to found the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She lived just long enough to see birth control made legal for married couples, which happened in 1965.

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