Growing up, it wouldn’t have been Sunday without the funny papers and L’il Abner.
November 15, 1937
Debut of Sadie Hawkins Day in Al Capp’s “L’il Abner” comic strip.
November 15, 2008 Sadie Hawkins Day
Not a typical holiday, Sadie Hawkins Day is the invention of Al Capp, creator of the Li’l Abner comic strip. Capp conceived of a day in Dogpatch, U.S.A., when all the unmarried ladies could pursue (literally) their men. If caught, the hapless bachelors were soon trudging down the aisle. This fictional world so captured people’s imaginations that Sadie Hawkins Day passed into the realm of modern folklore. The first Sadie Hawkins Day took place in November 1938. Today, it’s usually celebrated on the second Saturday in November to accommodate all the "girls-ask-boys" school dances and other events.
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