Tom Thumb Day - January 4
Thu, Jan 4, 2024

Tom Thumb Day

Tom Thumb Day is dedicated to the most famous little man in world history! He was only 4 inches tall at 24 years old! Today, society is tolerant of everyone who is not like the others, but at that time the Lilliputians were something unique, so they often took part in circus performances.


Charles Sherwood Stratton was born in 1838 to a rough and mean Connecticut carpenter. The father was reputed to be immensely greedy and was ready to do anything to earn a bottle. Quite by accident, Phineas Barnum found out about the midget boy, found him and invited his father to go on tour. Not surprisingly, he asked him for money to “rent out” his son and followed them. The meeting became fateful: it remains to be guessed how the life of a baby in a forgotten town would have turned out next to an irresponsible alcoholic.

Phineas took custody of Charles: he paid for the best governesses so that the boy could learn dancing, manners, singing, and other arts. He came up with a stage image and a new name. The boy himself felt confident on stage, receiving the hearts of fans for the sincerity. There were tours in the USA, then all over Europe, the group even got an appointment with Queen Victoria.

In 1863, the celebrity married the same little girl. Over two thousand guests came to the wedding! Sherwood died of a stroke in 1883 while his wife was on tour. It was a real hit! About 10 thousand people came to the funeral, they all cried …

Interesting facts

Did you know that:

  • on a honeymoon trip to Europe and Japan, the couple took the baby, whom they represented as their son. They earned unprecedented money;
  • at 40, the man grew to 27 inches;
  • the newlyweds were invited to dinner with Abraham Lincoln;
  • the man traveled and alone, trying to earn money for the patron.

How to celebrate

Learn more about the life of a small person with a big soul at Tom Thumb Day. Watch documentaries – they will captivate you. Share information with others so that the memory of him will never disappear.

When is Tom Thumb Day celebrated in 2024?

Tom Thumb Day is observed on January 4 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday January 4 2024
Saturday January 4 2025
Sunday January 4 2026
Monday January 4 2027

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