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Then and now: Happy Boss’s Day

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Oct. 16 marks the annual celebration of Boss’s Day, a time when employees recognize and thank their bosses. The holiday traces its origin back to 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, a secretary for State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, Ill., submitted the idea to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The date she selected was the birthday of her boss—who also happened to be her father. Four years later, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed the day.

Observance became more widespread in 1979 when Hallmark introduced cards for the occasion. Today, many employees take their boss out to lunch or chip in to buy a present. Some workers use the holiday as an opportunity to individually express appreciation for guidance and fairness. Australia, Canada, Egypt, India, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom are among other places that also have a day for paying special tribute to bosses.

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