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National Only Child Day: Only children get a special day, too!

National Only Child Day:  Famous Only Children
National Only Child Day: Famous Only Children
Vivek Chugh

On April 10, brothers and sisters across America celebrated the annual Siblings Day holiday. But what about the millions of Americans who don't have siblings? April 12 is National Only Child Day, a special day that celebrates the only child in the family.

Only Children

Whether you have one, two or a slew of siblings or happen to be a one-and-only, there are advantages and disadvantages of having siblings as well as being an only child.

Only children don't have to share toys or bedrooms with annoying brothers and sisters. They can sit in the front seat of the car anytime they want to, too. Plus, only children don't have to fight for their parents undivided attention. And, most importantly, they don't have to wear those dingy, tired and tattered, hand-me-down clothes and shoes.

On the other hand - singlets don't have brothers and sisters to play (fight) with. They can't blame that broken or missing valuable on their sibling (although Fido most certainly could have done it!) But for some, being an only child can be lonely. And some people assume an only child means a spoiled, selfish child.

Despite some negative stereotypes, only children do quite well and enjoy very successful careers and lives, just like those of us with siblings. Check out these familiar folks who are/were only children.

Famous Only Children

  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Actor Cary Grant
  • Actor Al Pacino
  • Actor Betty White
  • Actor Brooke Shields
  • Actor Candice Bergan
  • Comedian Carol Burnett
  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones
  • Actor Gregory Peck
  • Actor James Dean
  • Actor/Singer/Dancer Frank Sinatra
  • Actor Robin Williams
  • Actor Natalie Portman
  • Actor Charlize Theron
  • Actor/Singer/Dancer Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Magician David Copperfield
  • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
  • United States President Gerald Ford
  • First Daughter, Chelsea Clinton
  • First Lady Nancy Reagan
  • Elvis Presley
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • John Lennon
  • Singer Alicia Keys
  • Singer LeAnn Rimes
  • Biker Lance Armstrong
  • Golfer Tiger Woods
  • William Randolph Hearst

And by the way, only children have two special days to celebrate during the year. National Only-Children's Day is observed on the last Sunday in July. And speaking of special days - April 12 is also National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and National Licorice Day.