1954: Father Knows Best debuts on CBS television and presents the fifties version of the dad: the stoic autocrat.
1959: Lamaze—a birthing technique based partly on emotional support from dads—spreads thanks to Marjorie Karmel’s book Thank You, Dr. Lamaze.
1965: Joanne Woodward says of her spouse, Paul Newman: “My husband takes pride in being a father of six children and having never changed a diaper.“
1972: President Nixon makes Father’s Day an official holiday—58 years after Mother’s Day earned a place on the calendar.
1977: Bing Crosby tells Barbara Walters that if his children lived with their partners before marriage, he “wouldn’t speak to them ever again.“
1983: Michael Keaton paves the way for the househusband in Mr. Mom.
1986: Sammy Davis Jr.’s daughter Tracey tells him that she loves him but doesn’t really like him. The Rat Packer counters, “You know, I haven’t liked you so much either.“
1988: Hugh Hefner turns over all Playboy business operations to his daughter, Christie.
1993: During a basketball game against Notre Dame, Indiana University’s Pat Knight commits a turnover. His father and coach kicks him in the leg.
1994: Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger takes daddyhood to a new level as the world’s first pregnant man in Junior.
2001: Eminem says that he makes music only to provide for his daughter and that he doesn’t want her to listen to his songs because of their angry messages.
2001: Chicken Soup for the Father’s Soul is published. Jay Leno and Bill Cosby contribute.
2002: Prince Charles busts his son Harry for drinking and smoking pot and sends him to a rehab facility, where the young royal fraternizes with cocaine and heroin addicts.
2003: Jack Spade, maker of the alterna-briefcase, introduces the Dad Field Bag, which is equipped with a changing pad.
2004: California becomes the first state to require companies to give dads paternity leave with up to six weeks off at 55 percent of their regular pay.
2005: Lance Armstrong retires from professional cycling, in part to spend more time with his children. “They’re at an age when they change daily, if not hourly,“ he says.
2005: According to ABC News, 49 percent of working dads say they would stay at home full-time if their partner’s income could support the family.
October 2005: Run’s House, featuring the former Run-DMC member Rev Run waxing poetic about fatherhood, his five kids, and family values, debuts on MTV.
2007: Peter André, Katie Price’s husband and co-star on E! network’s Katie & Peter, wears a 30-pound fake stomach and breasts—to understand what his wife’s pregnancy feels like.
Early 2007: Four men claim paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Danielynn. Larry Birkhead becomes guardian of the baby’s estate.
April 2007: A study shows that fathers do 67 percent more housework and 50 percent more child-rearing than they did in 1982.
June 2007: Bruce Willis tells Playboy that he welcomed Ashton Kutcher (ex-wife Demi Moore’s new spouse) into his life for the sake of his children.