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​National Short Person Day – December 22, 2024

“Great things come in small packages”, National Short Person Day is on December 22. Whether you’re tall and have short people in your life, or you yourself are short, it’s a time to celebrate. On this day, own your shortness and have fun with the short people in your life.

History of ​National Short Person Day

If you can’t point out the short friend in your group, chances are you are the short friend. Not sure if that’s actually you though? Well, is your view often blocked at concerts? Do you find yourself doing a slight jog to keep up with your friend’s “slow pace?” Are you still carded at bars, even though you’re 30? Well, we have news for you, you’re the short friend.

Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte, who is known for being short, wasn’t actually that short? In fact, he was around 5 feet 7 inches, which was tall for Frenchmen of his time. The myth of Napoleon being short actually arose because the British liked to portray their French enemy as “little Boney.” Also, since Napoleon was usually surrounded by soldiers from his guard, who were even more above average height than he was, he often appeared short in comparison. In his autopsy, he’s measured as 5 feet 2 inches, but that was in French inches which were larger than British and American inches. 

Short people have obviously been around forever, but the classification of short differs depending on time period and nationality. In America, the average height for a woman is considered 5 feet 5 inches, while the average height for men is 5 feet 10 inches. In comparison, the average female height in China is 5 feet 2 inches and the average male height is 5 feet 6 inches. Therefore a man who might be considered short in America can be considered tall in China, meaning that tallness and shortness is all relative. But, if you’re short in your country, don’t be afraid to own it. This day is for you!

​National Short Person Day timeline

​Heels that take you to new heights

​Chopines were shoes that raised their wearers up to 18 inches and protected clothes from mud and street dust.

High heels received the royal treatment

​Queen Elizabeth I is painted wearing a pair of heels, making her the first person to be documented wearing them.

Napoleon complex

Napoleon Bonaparte, falsely considered to be a short man, became Emperor of the French.

​An elevator shoe company opened

​Tall Men Shoes — the leader in the elevator shoe (shoes that increase the height of their wearers) market— is founded in Southern California.

National Short Person Day Statistics

5% taller than our ancestors
Considering the average young adult is healthier than their ancestors 100 years ago, it makes sense that todays adults are about 5% taller. However, there is significant variation across the world, as some countries saw a very different change for men and women. For example, in South Korea, the mean height for women increased by 14% versus 9% for men. And in the Philippines, male height increased by around 5% versus only 1% for women. 
4 feet 11 inches – the average adult in Bolivia 
Bolivia has the shortest people in stature in the world, as its population’s height average is around 4 feet, 11.5 inches tall when including both genders. The country is one of the poorest in South America, with one in three children under the age of five affected with chronic malnutrition, often leading to below average heights. Genetics and hormonal factors are also seen as culprits as well, with Bolivian girls being more affected than boys. Data also showed that 42% of babies had short height at birth. 
30% more susceptible to skin cancer
Because they’re so close to the sun! Really! Being short carries a reduced risk of skin cancer according to data gathered on 5.5 million people born between 1938 and 1991 with heights ranging from 3 feet 3 inches to 7 feet 6 inches. Swedish academics found that people of above average height were up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer. So if you’re short, don’t be afraid of standing in the literal shadows of people taller than you. It’s good for your health! 

​National Short Person Day FAQs

What day is National Short Person Day?

National Short Person Day comes around every year on December 22 — this year it lands on a Sunday.

What national day is today?

Not sure what you should be celebrating today? Check out our website to stay up to date with all of the holidays throughout the year! 

Is it National Short Girl Day?

If today is December 21, then it’s National Short Girl Appreciation Day! Tell your short girl friends how much you appreciate them. If you are the short girl in your friend group, then sit back and wait for the praise!

​National Short Person Day Activities

  1. Point out the plus side of being short

    Tall, average, short, doesn’t matter — on National Short Person Day, make it a priority to acknowledge the many positives of being short. For instance, point out to people in your life who are short — or remind yourself — that being short means your have more legroom on airplanes and in cars. Also, you have your choice of petite or normal clothing sections, and you don’t have to worry about blocking a person’s view at a concert or movie theater.

  2. Celebrate your friends

    Make sure you let the short people in your life know how great they are. Whether you shoot them a text telling them it’s National Short Person Day, or call them up to let them know how great they are, just make sure they feel loved and accepted.

  3. Wear flat shoes (if you're tall)

    Make the decision to stay away from any shoes that’ll add height and instead show your support by wearing the flattest shoes you own.

​​5 Short (and Vastly Successful) People

  1. Dolly Parton (5 feet)

    This iconic country singer has a powerful voice and famous feisty demeanor; she even has her own theme park: Dollywood.

  2. Danny DeVito (4 feet 11 inches)

    He's a versatile actor, producer, and director with an impressive career that spans stage, television and film. DeVito recently said he has "no plans" to ever retire from acting.

  3. Prince (5 feet 3 inches) ​

    ​Hailing from Minneapolis, he's the rare performer with a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. Prince was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense, and wide vocal range.

  4. ​Ludwig Van Beethoven (5 feet 2 inches)

    He's quite possibly the greatest classical composer of all time. Beethoven was nearly deaf during the final decade of his life.

  5. Yuri Gagarin (5 feet 2 inches)​

    This Soviet pilot and cosmonaut became the first human to journey into outer space — completing one orbit of Earth in 1961.

Why We Love ​National Short Person Day

  1. It promotes acceptance

    Whether you’re a short person or have short people in your life, National Short Person Day serves as a reminder to accept people for who they are. Let's certainly not judge anyone based on their height. And remember, it's a time to point out that no matter what sets us apart from one another, it’s important to embrace the differences.

  2. It highlights diversity

    Different heights, sizes, and ethnicities — among other traits that set us apart — is what makes the world so special. Luckily, National Short Person Day serves as yet another way to celebrate diversity.

  3. It can help boost confidence

    Fortunately, the positive vibes of National Short Person Day encourage short people to own their height. So stand...tall? You know what we mean.

​National Short Person Day dates

2024December 22Sunday
2025December 22Monday
2026December 22Tuesday
2027December 22Wednesday
2028December 22Friday

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalShortPersonDay #ShortFriend #ShortPeople #ShortPerson

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