Hello Kitty 45th Anniversary
45th Anniversary
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Celebrate 45 years of Hello Kitty

Since 1974, Hello Kitty has inspired friendship and kindness throughout the world. Spreading happiness for generations through Sanrio’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy, she is a friendly reminder to think of others first and to always be kind. Hello Kitty delivers endless smiles with her global message of friendship, encouraging people of all ages to create long-lasting connections by caring for one another.

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  1. 74

    Hello Kitty is created by Sanrio

  2. 75

    Hello Kitty appears for the first time on a coin purse

  3. 76

    Sanrio arrives in North America

  4. 77

    The first 45 rpm record titled, “Ano Ko Wa Kitty” (That little girl is Kitty) is released

  5. 80

    First Hello Kitty digital watch is introduced – over 1 million are sold

  6. 81

    First Hello Kitty stop motion animation Kitty and Mimmy’s New Umbrella released

  7. 83

    Hello Kitty is appointed Junior Ambassador for UNICEF in the U.S.

  8. 88

    The animated cartoon series "Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater" is released on TV in the U.S. by CBS

  9. 90

    Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park featuring Hello Kitty, opens in Japan

  10. 91

    Harmonyland, an outdoor theme park, opens in Japan

  11. 92

    Pink becomes a primary color palette for Hello Kitty, establishing a signature look for years to come

  12. 95

    Sanrio.com launches in the U.S.

  13. 99

    Hello Kitty’s boyfriend, Dear Daniel, makes his debut. Hello Kitty celebrates her 25th Anniversary

  1. 00

    McDonald’s offers its first Hello Kitty Happy Meal

  2. 01

    Hello Kitty’s first official character collaboration in the U.S. debuts with Paul Frank

  3. 02

    Designer duo, Heatherette introduces a high fashion Hello Kitty collection

  4. 04

    Hello Kitty is named UNICEF’s Global Special Friend of Children

  5. 05

    EVA Air begins to offer flights on Hello Kitty themed jets

  6. 07

    A Hello Kitty balloon first appears in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  7. 08

    Hello Kitty is named the Japanese tourism ambassador to China and Hong Kong

  8. 09

    Hello Kitty Celebrates Her 35th Anniversary; The Hello Kitty Smart Car debuts

  9. 10

    Sephora introduces a Hello Kitty line of cosmetics

  10. 12

    Hello Kitty runs for President of the United States and introduces the Friendship Party

  11. 14

    The first Hello Kitty Con is held in Los Angeles, CA to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary

  12. 15

    A Hello Kitty theme park opens in China

  13. 17

    A special-edition Barbie Hello Kitty collector doll debuts in the U.S.

  14. 18

    Hello Kitty Grand Cafe debuts in the U.S.

  15. 19

    Hello Kitty celebrates her 45th Anniversary with Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Tour

  16. 20

    Sanrio celebrates its 60th Anniversary