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Play Monopoly Day

Monopoly Game

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on November 19

The Monopoly game is one of the most popular games ever played  Have you played Monopoly before? Chances are, you have. It is estimated that over 1 billion people in over 100 countries have played Monopoly at least once. Many of us have played it far more than once. Today is Play Monopoly Day. Gather a few friends or family members together, and pull out the Monopoly Board from your closet. It's time to have some fun!


The Monopoly Game - Play it Your Way.

For the first several decades that the game has been on the market, it was a board game. Now, in addition to the game board format, you can play electronic versions, online, or use an App on your smartphone.

The original Monopoly game has also changed over time. There have been many different editions and variations produced, with changes to the game itself. Some of the game pieces have been retired over the years and new ones created.

It doesn't matter what edition or version you play today. What's important on Play Monopoly Day, is that you have fun by playing the game.


The History and Roots of the Monopoly Game

In 1903, anti-monopolist Elizabeth (Lizzie) Magie conceived and created the "Landlord Game". In 1904 it was patented and hit the market. It was originally intended as an educational tool to explain the rental market and the effects of monopoly in the marketplace. It was popular among professors and students.

Modifying and building upon Lizzie Magie's game, Clarence Darrow created the first Monopoly game. He semi-copyrighted in in 1934. Parker Brothers put the game on the market on November 5, 1935.

In 1991, Hasbro Company bought out Parker Brothers.


Monopoly Game Trivia

Here's some interesting facts about the game:

  • Life is not fair... Clarence Darrow, who is credited with creating the Monopoly game, became the first  game designer to become a millionaire. Lizzie Magie, who created the original "Landlord Game" that Monopoly was modeled from, only made $500.

  • In 2017, Hasbro held a vote for the public to choose their favorite game pieces. There were 64 choices. As a result, the thimble, boot and wheelbarrow were retired. T-Rex, rubber ducky and penguin replaced them. The dog received the most votes.

  • Parker Brothers released the Monopoly game on November 5, 1935

  • The Short Line is the only railroad that was not  a real railroad company.

  • The longest recorded Monopoly game lasted 70 straight days.

  • $20,580 is in the Monopoly box.

  • The man "In Jail" is Jake the Jailbird"

  • The police officer is "Officer O'Malley".


Today's Free Tip: "Don't ask your wife what time dinner will be, when she's out mowing the lawn." - - Author Unknown

Origin and History of Play Monopoly Day:

Much is written about the Monopoly game and the history of Monopoly. However, our research did not reveal the creator of Play Monopoly Day itself. There is no definitive information on when it was created. We did trace it's origin back to at least 2016.

Our research found that this day began as "Play Monopoly Day" A couple of years later, many internet site began referring to it as "National Play Monopoly Day". Also, we did not find a congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day. As a result, we are referring to this day as "Play Monopoly Day".

Definition of "National" Days


There also are a few references to "World Monopoly Day" being March 19. This appears to be a one time event originated by Hasbro Company in 2016 to promote a new variation of the game.  

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