Ruth Handler, the inventor of the Barbie doll, was born 107 years ago.
He died in Los Angeles at the age of 85. The company was founded in 1942 by her then-husband, Harold “Matt” Matson, and his business partner, Elliot Handler, Ruth’s later husband, combining the names of both men. The doll, named after her daughter, was displayed at the 1959 American Toy Fair, where it was a huge success. Barbie doll’s official birthday is March 9, 1959, the day of the show. The first Barbie wore a black and white striped swimsuit and a ponytail. It is available in two versions: blonde and brown. The doll was marketed as a “teen fashion model”, and her clothes were designed by Mattel’s fashion designer: Charlotte Johnson. The first dolls were manufactured in Japan, and their clothes were sewn there.
In the first year, 351,000 dolls were sold, each costing $3. In more than four decades, it has found customers in 150 countries with over a billion units. Barbie dolls became a symbol of America and sparked enormous controversy. It has enraged women’s rights activists, inspired artists, and debated scholars. The doll brought a fortune to Mattel, as the doll’s accessories were also very salable, not to mention the newer dolls, Ken, Barbie’s boyfriend, and Skipper, Barbie’s younger sister. Later, Barbie’s friends are also introduced: Midge and Christy. All the dolls are named after the creator’s family members, who had two children, Kenneth and Barbara.
43 years ago, Republican Ronald Reagan won the US presidential election.
Full name: Ronald Wilson Reagan He studied economics and sociology, was a radio broadcaster at the University of Iowa in 1932, then a sports reporter for WOC from 1933 to 1936. From 1937, he worked as a television and film actor and then a producer in Hollywood. From 1942 to 1946 he served as a captain in the Naval Air Corps, and from 1952 to 1962 he was the host of the General Electric television program “General Electric Theater.” From 1967 to 1974, he was governor of California, and in 1969 he served as president of the Republican Governors Association. He was a presidential candidate in 1976, and from 1981 to 1989 he was President of the United States of America. He succeeded President Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1981 and was sworn in as the fortieth President of the United States. On March 30, he was subjected to an assassination attempt inside his car in Washington, where he was shot in the lung with a pistol. On April 11, he assumed his official duties again. In his domestic policy, he sought to stimulate the economy and reduce the budget deficit by reducing spending. He was economical in the field of social measures, leaving armament expenses unchanged. In his foreign policy, he acted harshly against the Soviet Union.
16 years ago, Gabor Talmacchi became world champion in the 125cc class of the MotoGP World Championship.
During his career, he received many awards – Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (2007), Golden Horse – Kásí Dóró (2007), Sportsman of the Year – 3rd place in 2005, 1st place in 2007, Personality of the Year (2007), Celebrity Athlete of the Year (2010), Zoglu Personality of the Year (2005, 2007, 2008), Budapest Sports Award, Woman of the Year – Most Charming Man of the Year Award, Raleigh Permanent Sports License Holder, Most Popular Hungarian Athlete (2008), National Sports Audience Award (2007)
In January 2011, the general public chose Gabor Talmacchi as the Most Popular Athlete of the Year, a true recognition for an elite athlete, and at the end of year Athlete of the Year ceremony, Gabor received the Special Award for Nominated Athlete. Which was more media visible in 2011.