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Scrabble Game Show

The original Scrabble television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, ran from July 1984 to March 1990.

World Video Game Hall of Fame

Microsoft Flight Simulator (1982), Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985), Starcraft (1998), and Animal Crossing (2001) are the 2021 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

National Cartoonists Day

National Cartoonists Day on May 5 was established in 1990 by the National Cartoonists Society.

Paddington Bear

The first stuffed Paddington Bear toy was created in 1972 by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson, parents of British television personality, Jeremy Clarkson.

Mr. Potato Head

The original Mr. Potato Head released in 1952 was a collection of plastic mouths, noses, eyes, and accessories. The toy wasn’t sold with the plastic body until 1964.


Tinkertoy – a construction toy released in 1914 – was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Ken Doll

Barbie’s boyfriend Ken was first introduced to the public at the American International Toy Fair in March 1961.

First Model Railway

The first model railway was created in 1859 for the young son of Emperor Napoleon III in Paris.

Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the individuals and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the toy industry.