Timeline for the Establishment of National Siblings Day

1995

Siblings Day (SD) Founder Claudia Evart creates SD after both of her siblings passed away from separate accidents early in life and launches a campaign to establish April 10 as National Siblings Day.  This is the date of her late sister Lisette’s birthday.
SD Founder Claudia Evart submits entry for Siblings Day to publication titled Chases’ Calendar of Events.

1997

The Siblings Day Foundation (SDF) is incorporated in MA.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney write first of nine letters to three White House administrations urging the presidents to issue a National Siblings Day Presidential Proclamation or a Presidential Message recognizing April 10 as SD.

After being contacted by the SDF, Grandparents Day founder Marion McQuade writes letters to get support for a National Siblings Day to West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood and to New York Governor George E. Pataki.

The first of two interviews with SD Founder Claudia Evart on CITN Television’s Daybreak Show in Grand Cayman takes place.  The second interview occurs in 1998.

SDF Founder Claudia Evart is interviewed on Voice of America’s (VOA) Talk to America Show, a talk radio and TV show in Washington. D.C., and five more times in subsequent years.

The Congressional Record publishes the first of five Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s recommendations for the establishment of a SD.

Two members of the New York State Legislative, Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Catherine M. Abate, write letters of support for SD.

1998

The SDF launches a campaign that seeks to get the 50 state governors to issue a SD Gubernatorial Proclamation.  Ten states do so by year-end.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy assists SDF by contacting the Massachusetts Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci, which results in a Massachusetts SD Gubernatorial Proclamation.

1999

The SDF obtains non-profit status.   It is a qualified public charity and is entirely a volunteer organization.

West Virginia Governor Cecil H. Underwood issues a SD Gubernatorial Proclamation.

The first of two interviews with SD Founder Claudia Evart on Arlington News in Arlington VA takes place.  The second interview occurs in 2002.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations: 16.

2000

President Bill Clinton signs Presidential Message recognizing April 10 as SD.

SDF office opens in NYC and in subsequent years SC and VA.

2001

The SDF hosts a SD celebration and fundraiser in New York City.  Many other fundraisers are held in New York City over the next two years.
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani issues a Mayoral Message in support of SD.

2002

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issues first of eight Mayoral Messages in support of SD.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations: 23.

2003

The SDF partners with “1-800-Flowers.com”, which provides gifts for all occasions and holidays.

2004

New York Governor George E. Pataki issues a SD Gubernatorial Proclamation.
Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 27.

2007

SD is given a Service Mark by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The Oprah Winfrey Show focuses on sibling relationships and discusses SD, and similar shows occur in next two years.

National Siblings Day is celebrated by Satellite Sisters on Sirius XM Radio.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 32.

 2008

President George Bush signs a Presidential Message recognizing April 10 as SD.

SDF Founder Claudia Evart and a chief advisor attend Mother’s Day Centennial Celebration at Mother’s Day Shrine,

Grafton, West Virginia, and meet West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 33.

2009

In New York City, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer issues the first of five consecutive annual SD proclamations.

2010

With several volunteers, SDF Founder Claudia Evart attends and speaks at a SD celebration held at New York City’s Bronx Zoo.  The celebration is held simultaneously at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and is sponsored by Friends of Orphans.

West Virginia Governor Manchin issues a SD Gubernatorial Proclamation.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 37.

2011

Seattle Children’s Museum, hosts an all-day celebration of SD.

Representatives from the SDF attend the National Governors Association Summer Meeting.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 40.

 2012

“Happy National Siblings Day” is a hot topic on Twitter and goes viral on YouTube on April 10 and 11.

SD gets lots of media attention on April 10 and 11.  Coverage includes: International Business Times and other news outlets, YouTube’s global blog, and various celebrity blogs.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 42.

 2013

SD website get almost 1.5 million visitors (average 44,000 hits a day) in April.

Facebook declares April 10 National Siblings Day.

SD is a hot topic on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (more than 300,000 video submissions and Instagram (almost 1 million tags posted).

Information about SD is posted on Wikipedia for first time.

Number of states that issue SD Gubernatorial Proclamations by year-end: 46.

2014

SD is now officially recognized in 49 states since Gubernatorial Proclamations have been issued in them that declare April 10 as their SD.

 During six days in April (April 5 to 7) and (April 9 to 11) SD inspires over two million visitors to click on the SDF web site.

First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledges SD by tweeting happy #NationalSiblingsDay#TBT #ThrowbackThursday

SD is celebrated for the first time in Canada, Philippines, and Nigeria with the help of the worldwide web. 

2015   

SDF Founder Claudia Evart and a SD volunteer attend the Twins Days Festival, the 40th, held in Twinsburg, Ohio.

SD is a top trending topic on social media on April 10 and 11 and goes viral on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, Google+, and Tumblr.

 The SDF launches a campaign that seeks to get a United Nations Resolution for SD.

2016

President Barack Obama signs Presidential Message recognizing April 10 as SD.

National Siblings Day is ranked Number 2 in the top 20 most searched events in the U.S. on April 11, according to CNN International.

Several calendar websites list SD for the first time, including Days of the Year, National Day Calendar, and Time and Date.

SD goes viral on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Tumblr. 

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