It's not every day a nationally-respected fire safety "spokesdog" turns 65! But today, March 18, marks a milestone birthday for Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of NFPA.
Sparky, a fire safety icon beloved by children and adults alike, has helped teach millions of people about fire safety through educational lessons and materials featuring his image. Sparky frequently visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends.
Like a true Pisces, Sparky is caring, sympathetic, and is always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back.
NFPA is cooking up all kinds of adventures to help Sparky celebrate his birthday: over the new few months, Sparky will enjoy chance-of-a-lifetime excursions, must-have meetups, unforgettable learning opportunities, and cool collaborations with others who have made fire safety their mission. Be sure to check out his 65th Birthday Bucket List!
And today, on the official day of his birth, Sparky wants to party like a rock star (and a comedian and a Hollywood actress). Here are some well-known folks who share Sparky's birthday.
Photos and celebrity information from FamousBirthdays.com)
Dane Cook is 44
Stand-up comedian and actor who was the first comic to use social networking websites to amass a giant and devoted fan base. He has also starred in the films Good Luck Chuck, Dan in Real Life, and My Best Friend's Girl.
Queen Latifah is 46
A Golden Globe-winning actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2002 film Chicago.
Vanessa Williams is 53
An actress best known for her roles in Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives. She initially gained fame after becoming the first African-American woman to earn the title of Miss America in 1984.
Mike Rowe is 54
A television personality best known for hosting the popular Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. He also worked as a pitchman for the Ford Motor Company.
Sparky the Fire Dog is 65
Sparky was “born” at the 1950 NFPA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ, where the association announced that the Advertising Council had approved a national fire-prevention campaign to be launched in 1951, with NFPA as sponsor.