NATIONAL YO-YO DAY – June 6th 2016


National Yo-Yo Day June 6

NATIONAL YO-YO DAY

Every year on June 6 we recognize the fun holiday, National Yo-Yo Day.  This day celebrates this historic toy.  It is the perfect day to get out your yo-yo’s and try your hand at The Sleeper, Walk the Dog, Shooting the Moon, Around the World or Hop the Fence.

The yo-yo is an object that consists of an axle connected to two disks and a length of string looped around the axle.  It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back again.  This is called “yo-yoing”.

It is believed that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece.  There is a Greek vase painting, from 500 BC, that shows a boy playing with a yo-yo.  The yo-yo was made popular in America when Donald F. Duncan, Sr. manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s.  The name “Yo-Yo” was first registered as a trademark in 1932.

  • In 1999, the Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York.
  • The National Yo-Yo Museum is located in Chico, California.
  • Yo-yoing is a term often used to describe a person fluctuating between two difficult decisions.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use  #NationalYo-YoDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Yo-Yo Day is celebrated on June 6 in conjunction with the birth date of Donald Duncan. Donald F. Duncan Sr. (June 6, 1892, Kansas City, Missouri – May 15, 1971, Palm Springs, California).  Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of this day.

 

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