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NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY – January 7

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY

Each year on January 7th, National Bobblehead Day recognizes a day of celebration for all spring-connected head bobbing figurines.

For over 100 years, bobbleheads have been entertaining and fascinating fans and collectors. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, too. Bobbleheads commemorate iconic teams, movies, and cartoon characters. Individually, they represent some of our most exciting athletes or thrilling television and movie characters. 

Early bobbleheads, known as bobbers or nodders, developed from Germany. They took root in the United States pop culture in the 1950s and 60s. Bobbleheads resurged in the late 1990s when professional sports teams began using them as promotional items. Today, as both toys and collectibles, bobbleheads continue to amuse and captivate us. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBobbleheadDay

Share your favorite bobblehead or collect a new one! Give the gift of a bobblehead to someone you know. Learn something new about bobblehead history. Use #NationalBobbleheadDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY HISTORY

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum submitted National Bobblehead Day in December 2014. On November 18, 2014, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum was announced.  The museum opened in 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and houses the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads. The building houses a tribute to the best of bobbleheads with a hall of fame and many exhibits related to the history and making of bobbleheads. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on January 7th annually in accordance with the policies set forth to designate a National Day.


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January 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1887

Explorer and adventurer Thomas Stevens completes the first circumnavigation of the world with a bicycle. He departed from Oakland, CA on April 22, 1884, and arrived in Boston, MA, on August 4 that same year. After wintering in New York, he proceeded across the Atlantic Ocean on the City of Chicago bound for Liverpool, UK. Steven’s final leg of his trip returns him to San Francisco aboard the City of Peking on January 7, 1887. Stevens covered approximately 13,500 miles on two wheels.

1896

Fannie Merrit Farmer self-publishes Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. The book’s name would later be renamed The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. Farmer, a graduate of the Boston Cooking School, later became the school’s principal.

1927

The Harlem Globetrotters travel to Hinkley, Illinois to play their first basketball game.

January 7th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Millard Fillmore – 1800

President Millard Fillmore was elected as the 13th President of the United States under the Whig ticket. Since then, no other third party candidate has been elected. Fillmore’s presidency was an uneasy if inevitable segue into the Civil War years. While anti-slavery, Fillmore made legislative compromises and did not support his successor, Abraham Lincoln.

Zora Neale Hurston – 1891

One of America’s most important writers, Zora Neale Hurston committed to writing stories about Black culture and experiences.

Jann Wenner – 1946

In 1967, the publisher co-founded Rolling Stone Magazine, one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most definitive publications chronicling the history, culture, and people of the music industry.

Katie Couric – 1957

For more than 40 years, the journalist has been presenting the news. Couric has hosted shows at three major networks, and in 2006 became the first woman to solo anchor the CBS Evening News.

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