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1959: Mattel Toys introduces the first Barbie Doll.

1966: Francie, Barbie's "mod" cousin, is introduced in a polka-dotted top and gingham bikini bottom.

1967: African-American Francie "Barbie" is introduced.

1976: Barbie is given a place in "America's Time Capsule" at the nation's bicentennial celebration.

1971: Discarding any submissive undertones, Barbie's eyes, once adverted in a side-glance, now look straight ahead.

1975: During the Winter Olympics, Barbie is marketed abroad as the athlete of the year, appearing as a swimmer, skier, and skater, with a gold medal draped around her neck.

1982: "Punk" Barbie is released.

1985: "Day to Night" Barbie, Mattel's version of the yuppie lifestyle, is released. She has everything from modern office equipment (a tiny calculator) to an evening gown designed for the night out on the town.

 1986: "Astronaut" Barbie is released. 1988: "Dr. Barbie" is released.

 1990: Mattel sponsors the "Barbie Summit" in New York City. Thirty-nine children from around the world...

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