The New Year's baby is a cultural mainstay that dates back as far as ancient Greece, when a child was paraded around in a basket to welcome the new year. More recently, Baby New Year goes missing in the 1976 holiday special "Rudolph's Shiny New Year." The eponymous reindeer travels time to rescue the top-hatted toddler. Keep clicking for other iterations of Baby New Year.
In New Orleans, a 6-foot-tall baby sculpture is displayed on the roof of Jax Brewery during the city's New Year's Eve festivities. The statue, which was unveiled in 2000, will be retired after making one last appearance to ring in 2016.
In 1920, the Saturday Evening Post published an illustration of a baby in a top hat dragging a camel, a topical reference to Prohibition and the "dry" years on tap for Americans.
There were signs the Great Depression was winding down and recovery was on the horizon at the end of 1936, so the Post published this festive cover. The economic rebound was short-lived but the image of the fun-loving toddler became a pop culture fixture.
Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer was born on January 1, 1969, in Sturgis, Michigan.
Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash was born Joseph Saddler on January 1, 1958, in Barbados.
Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Frank Langella was born on January 1, 1938, in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Jay Leno rang in 1997 with a man dressed as Baby New Year on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover was born on January 1, 1895, in Washington.
J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye" and other classics, was born on January 1, 1919, in New York.
In 2014, Baby New Year was depicted as a vengeful toddler who attacks people who break their midnight vows in a segment called "Baby New Year: Resolution Enforcer" on the Adult Swim show "Robot Chicken."
This New Year's card from Germany, circa 1500, depicts the Christ child on a donkey with the inscription, "I bring a good year." It is featured in the National Gallery of Art's Rosenwald Collection.