Barbie Doll Timeline By Violet Challita May 17, 1956 Inspiration Ruth Handler was inspired by a German doll ' Billd Lillie'. She was a sexy doll for adults,described as a Blonde Bombshell. In 1956 Ruth went to Europe and bought 3 Billd Lillie's. May 17, 1959 Launch of Barbie In 9 March,1959,the first Barbie Doll was created. Also was launched in the American International toy fair in NYC. May 17, 1963 1963 An outfit that came with a book,' How to loose weight? ' May 17, 1964 BYE ! Billd Lillie In 1964, the production of Bild Lilli was stopped after they bought the rights to the doll.