|Pop Star Barbie image obtained|
from Mattel website
Except that Barbie appears to have made her actual debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959 (so says Wikipedia; so too says History.com).
Of course, Barbie could have been first announced at the toy fair and not made available in stores until September 6.
Usually, we here at The Blog of Days tend to shy away from these sorts of controversies. (OK, we admit it: We're cowards.)
But we wade into the confusion over Barbie Doll Day because the alternatives are pretty slim. Punchbowl.com says today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day -- and that's alright; we like coffee ice cream. But American Greetings suggests that today is Back Hair Appreciation Day.
We feel we must draw a line somewhere. If you must celebrate Back Hair Appreciation Day, please do so in private.