May 5th, 1895 “Yellow Kid” appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World as the first cartoon in a newspaper. It was created by Richard F. Outcault who continued the cartoon strip from 1895 to 1898. It then appeared in William Randolph Heast’s New York Journal. This is the first recognized cartoon in print form. The first moving cartoon was created by Emile Cohl in France in 1908. The day was created by the National Cartoonist Society with Ken Alvine leadership in 1999.
How to celebrate – Look for the funnies in your local newspaper. Watch cartoons on television, usually early morning. Watch for “shorts” at the movies.