Friday the 13th, King Friday's Birthday

In a 1999 interview, Mister Rogers told us why he named his most royal puppet King Friday XIII:

"His name was King Friday XIII. We just thought that was fun because so many people are so superstitious about Friday the 13th that we thought, let’s start children out thinking that Friday the 13th was a fun day. And every Friday the 13th would be his birthday. So we would celebrate his birthday every time a Friday the 13th came. And that was so wonderful about [broadcasting a live TV show] — when a Friday the 13th came, you knew it."

Here is a rare moment on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood where we see Mister Rogers and King Friday together! We also include a recent clip from "Neighbor Day" on Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood that features King Friday.

 

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