• August 10, 1960

  • Sanrio was founded in Japan!

  • 1974

  • Hello Kitty was originally released on this vinyl coin purse in 1974 by Sanrio, and then later brought to America in 1976. When she first came out she was only seen in the sitting down position and didn't even have a name!

  • 1979

  • Hello Kitty's grandma and grandpa are introduced!

  • 1980

  • The Sanrio Puroland theme park in Japan opens! This park attracts 1.5 million visitors each year.

  • January 1982

  • Hello Kitty's first picture book was published in the U.S.A!

  • 1983

  • Hello Kitty was chosen as The United States' ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund). She helped raise $150,000 to provide vaccinations to children under the age of five who cannot afford to cure curable diseases or access safe drinking water.

  • 1987

  • "Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater" was broadcasted on three major T.V. networks in the U.S., and included 26 episodes. Hello Kitty was the first Japanese anime character!

  • 1993

  • Daniel was created by Yoku Yamaguchi and then later appeared as Hello Kitty's boyfriend in 1999. His father is a photographer and travels the world so it is hard for him to see Hello Kitty, but when he is home in London they spend time playing and frolicking together!

  • 1996

  • Tomomi Kahara, famous Japanese singer, announces she loves Hello Kitty, creating a "boom" of popularity.

  • 1998

  • The first limited edition Hello Kitty item is released! This pen set led to a variety of limited edition items that Sanrio releases to keep collectors on the hunt for new things.

  • 1999

  • Hello Kitty baby series is released! Hello Kitty and her friends dressed as babies was highly requested by their fans.

  • 2005

  • My Melody, one of Hello Kitty's dear friends, has an enemy and her name is Kuromi!

  • 2006

  • This Hello Kitty maternity ward at the Hau Shang Hospital in Yaunlin, Taiwan has 30 beds for moms who love the white cat! This hospital helps boost business for Hello Kitty although it cost a family $3 million to open. "I wish that everyone who comes here, mothers who suffer while giving birth and children who suffer from an illness, can get medical care while seeing these kitties and that we can bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster," said Tsai Tsung-chi, the director of the hospital.