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Sadie Hawkins Day

On November 15, 1937, Sadie Hawkins Day made it's debut in the comic strip, Li'l Abner, by Al Capp. The story line featured Sadie Hawkins as the homeliest girl in the town of Dogpatch who desperately wanted a guy to come a courtin'.

Sadie's father, Hekzebiah Hawkins, was worried that his daughter, who was 35 at the time, would have to live with him for the rest of his life. Hekzebiah, who was a prominent citizen of Dogpatch, came up with the idea of having a contest in which his daughter would physically run after and catch a single man.

In actuality, this was a foot race. The men would get a short head start before his daughter was allowed to pursue them. If caught, the eligible bachelor would have to marry her. This caught on with other women in Dogpatch who joined future races.

Although it was not Capp's intention to keep Sadie Hawkins Day in the Li'l Abner comic strip, it became so popular with fans that he brought it back as a recurring event in the month of November until the strip was discontinued nearly 40 years later.

November 15 became Sadie Hawkins Day and it still remains an important part of American folklore. Although Li'l Abner and it's Sadie Hawkins Day storyline is no longer run in most newspapers, it is still popular in some circles.

Sadie Hawkins Day is celebrated by many high school and college students as a day of fun and games. Some high schools still put on Sadie Hawkins Day dances in which the girls ask the boys out for a date.

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