Barbie Millicent Roberts was born on this day in 1959.
Well, perhaps not born, but she had her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Barbie was invented by Ruth Handler (whose husband Elliot was co-founder of the Mattel Toy Company.)
Barbie was actually based on a doll called “Bild Lilli” in Germany. Mattel bought the rights to “Bild Lilli” in 1964 and promptly killed her off.
Barbie’s first outfit was a zebra-striped swimsuit; her hair was in a pony-tail. Her boyfriend Ken came along in 1961, but to this day (2006) they have not married.
If you have children, or are one of the over 100,000 Barbie collectors, you can celebrate the day by having an indoor picnic for Barbie.