Today is National Barbie Day ! March 9th 1959 is Barbie’s official birthday. Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based on extensive television advertising. Over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide, and in over 150 countries.Here is a piece of Barbie trivia. Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she was created by a lady named Ruth Handler. Barbie’s boyfriend Ken Carson, was introduced by Mattel back in 1961. So ladies, get out your old Barbie Doll, and wish her a Happy Birthday.. Question: was your very first Barbie held together with gum bands in the shoulder and leg sockets?