9 March Mattel’s Barbie doll made its first appearance at the American International Toy Fair in New York. This date is used as her official birthday. The doll was created by American businesswoman Ruth Handler.
Barbie has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken (Ken Carson), who first appeared in 1961. A news release from Mattel in February 2004 announced that Barbie and Ken had decided to split up, but in February 2006 they were hoping to rekindle their relationship after Ken had a makeover.