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“Great things come in small packages”

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

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.

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.


  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.

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.

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