World Smile Day® is celebrated on the first Friday in October.

World Smile Day® was created by Harvey Ball who claimed to be the creator of the Smiley Face®.
Harvey was concerned about commercialization of his Smiley Face®, so he created World Smile Day® to be celebrated from 1999 on. 

First documented smiley by Bernard Hennet. Also not copyrighted in time to make profit of.

The Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to continue World Smile Day® after Harvey died in 2001.

Ironically enough, Harvey Ball did grab a lot of the credit for drawing the smiley face.
But he did not actually earn a lot from it’s popularity because he was not quick enough before quicker merchants ran with the happy face….and got the loot!

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