May 9, 2014 1:31 PM

Here’s what you should know about Mother’s Day

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. She wanted to honor her late mother, Ann Jarvis, who had started a committee in 1868 to establish “Mother’s Friendship Day” to reunite families after the Civil War. Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914 with a congressional designation and a presidential proclamation by Woodrow Wilson.

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