National Siblings Day 2017: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Mary-Kate, Elizabeth and Ashley Olsen. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Today, April 10, is National Siblings Day. It’s a national holiday meant to celebrate the people we have spent most of our lives with and those closest to us. The holiday was created 22 years ago and continues to be celebrated.

Here’s what you need to know about the holiday.


1. Claudia Evart Founded the Holiday in 1995 After Her Siblings Died in Separate Accidents

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Olivia De Havilland (center) and Joan Fontaine are the only sisters to win Best Actress Oscars. (Getty)

The holiday was founded in 1995 by Claudia Evart of Manhattan. According to the Siblings Day Foundation, she created the day to honor her brother and sister, who died in separate accidents early in their lives. She wants to make sure that the powerful bond between siblings is not taken lightly.

“Like many, I have these pictures of my brother and sister, who are both gone, but remain with me daily, not just in these pictures, but in my daily thoughts and in my heart. I lost both of them in tragic accidents, making me understand the everlasting bond we have with our siblings,” Evart says in a statement on the foundation’s site.

Evart chose April 10 because it is the birthday of her late sister, Lisette.

When she created the holiday, she also founded the Siblings Day Foundation, a tax-exempt organization that has pushed for the establishment of National Siblings Day. The foundation was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1997 and has been a not-for-profit group since January 1999.


2. Both Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush Recognized National Siblings Day

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Ben and Casey Affleck are the only brothers to win Oscars in two different categories. (Getty)

It’s up to the President to create commemorations at the federal level now, so it was up to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to sign Presidential Messages recognizing the holiday. However, they both stopped short of signing a Presidential Proclamation to make April 10 National Siblings Day.

Although President Barack Obama didn’t sign a message for National Siblings Day (a petition failed to get enough support), First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated with a photo of herself and her brother.

Evart’s foundation has had much more success at the state level. Since 1998, 85 governors in 49 states have signed proclamations recognizing National Siblings Day. In 2014, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota finally joined. The only state never to issue a proclamation for the holiday is California.


3. 80 Percent of Americans Have at Least 1 Sibling

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Brothers Justin and B.J. Upton in 2013. (Getty)

National Siblings Day is a holiday the majority of us can celebrate. According to U.S. News, it was estimated in 2009 that 80 percent of Americans have at least one sibling. Experts also say that the sibling relationship is the longest one many of us will ever have.

“There’s growing evidence to suggest that siblings shape each other in important ways,” Laurie Kramer of the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign told U.S. News in 2009. She added that siblings can help children practice with other kids their age before they go to school. It might annoy parents, but it will help, Kramer said.

“Some evidence suggests that when kids have good relationships with siblings, they’re more likely to develop good relationships with their peers,” Kramer told U.S. News.


4. Twin Birth Rate in the U.S. Hit a Record High in 2014

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Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Mary hold their twins, who were born in 2011. (Getty)

The number of twins born in the U.S. has never been higher. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that there was a record number of twin births in the U.S. in 2014.

The statistics showed that there were 33.9 twin born per ever 1,000 births in the country in 2014. However, the number of triplets decreased 5 percent between 2013 and 2014. In 2014, there were 113.5 babies born in sets of triples per 1,000 births.

According to CNN, some researchers think that in vitro fertilization could be to blame for the increase in twins. But the authors of the CDC report note that it could also be the reason for the decrease in triplets and higher sets of multiple babies.


5. A New Disney Study Says Middle-Born Children Are More Likely to Become CEOs

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Jeb and George Bush were both governors. (Getty)

As The Independent notes, Disney commissioned psychologist Emma Kenney and other researchers to do a study on siblings to determine if birth order has any correlation with their jobs.

The study of 500 successful people from 11 different careers found that it’s 30 percent more likely for a middle child to become a CEO than their other siblings. Both Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are middle children.

“The research conducted over the last month has shown that birth order is a significant factor in determining employment role types between siblings – overall there are far more typical cases than exceptions,” Kenny said in a statement.

The study also found that the eldest child is more likely to become a rock star, while the youngest child is more likely to become a scientist or engineer. Interestingly, an only child is more likely to become an artist than people with siblings.

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