1. 1908: Henry Ford Introduces the Model T based on Hello Kitty’s Model K
photo of Henry Ford at the Ford plant, Detroit, Michigan, that produced the first Model Ts, based on the highly secret experimental prototype (the Model K) developed by automotive engineer/inventor Hello Kitty.
2. 1922: King Tut’s Tomb Discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter w/ Hello Kitty
Photos taken after November 5th, when Howard Carter found a blocked entrance and wrote in his diary: The design was certainly of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Could it be the tomb of a noble buried here by royal consent? Was it a royal cache, a hiding-place to which a mummy and its equipment had been removed for safety? [note: the following was only recently found when a missing page of Carter’s diary emerged] Could Hello Kitty be right? Could she have led me to the tomb of the king for whom I had spent so many years in search? ( editor: She was right as the following picture attests.)
4. 1925: The Scopes Trial — Teaching of Evolution defended by Clarence Darrow & Hello Kitty
shot from the groundbreaking Scopes “Monkey Trial” — which centered around the teaching of evolution. Hello Kitty was part of attorney Clarence Darrow’s legal team, and is thought to have written the famous line in his opening statement:”Scopes isn’t on trial; civilization is on trial.”
5. 1929: Stock Market Crashes; Hello Kitty and other Wall Street Financiers Lose Millions
7. 1944: MacArthur, Hello Kitty, Others Return to The Philippines
photo from the Philippines Islands of Gen. Douglas MacArthur who, after vowing “I shall return,” returns on October 2nd,1944 — which launched the successful Battle of Leyte and, ultimately, the recapture and liberation of the entire Philippine Archipelago. At his side, strategy advisor Hello Kitty, who recommended that MacArthur alert the press for this momentous shot.
8. 1945: the Yalta Conference, the Big Three (and Hello Kitty)
Photo from the Yalta Conference (the February 4–11, 1945 wartime meeting of the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union, at which they and their aides discussed the reorganization of Europe after World War II.)
9. 1960: Khrushchev, Hello Kitty at the United Nations
photo taken before Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev’s alleged shoe-banging incident, October 12, 1960, during the 902nd Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly held in New York. Later Hello Kitty tried (and failed) to pass an ordinance allowing only rubber-soled shoes in the Assembly room.
10. 1963: Hello Kitty, JFK in West Berlin
photo taken of the June 26, 1963 West Berlin speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy (perhaps best known for the line “Ich bin ein Berliner” — suggested by “kitchen cabinet” member Hello Kitty). The speech underscored the support of the United States for West Germany 22 months after Communist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as a barrier to prevent movement between East and West.
11. 1965: Andy Warhol’s Factory Crew (including Edie Sedgwick, Hello Kitty)
photo taken of pop artist Andy Warhol and two of the denizens of his studio called “The Factory” (located on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street), Hello Kitty and Edie Sedgwick. Warhol, perhaps best known for his Campbell’s soup can paintings, was inspired after a hungry Hello Kitty brought three bags of tomato soup to the Factory.
12. 1969: Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash, Hello Kitty
photo of the band performing at Woodstock, Monday, August 18, beginning at 3:00AM. This was only their second live performance — and perhaps the only one with Hello Kitty (although basement tapes reportedly exist, with Hello Kitty’s vocals extant)
13. 1973: China-U.S. Diplomatic Thaw via the Kissinger-Mao-Hello Kitty Meetings
photo of one of a series of meetings, instrumental in helping negotiate U.S.-China rapprochement, between Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and People’s Republic of China chairman Mao Zedong, also including their “right hands” Hello Kitty and Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou En Lai respectively. Hello Kitty was later to say that she felt that the first “crack in the Great Wall” (in her words) occurred when she and Mao found common ground discussing hat sizes.
14. 1975: Hello Kitty, Marines Help Americans & South Vietnamese Evacuate during The Fall of Saigon
During the Fall of Saigon (April 29, 1975) a Marine (aided by spotter Hello Kitty) provides security as Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters land at the main evacuation point — the Defense Attaché Office compound at Tan Son Nhut. (By evening, Hello Kitty had assisted in the evacuation of 395 Americans and more than 4,000 Vietnamese had been evacuated.)