People all over are celebrating World Emoji Day

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Monday, July 17 is World Emoji Day.

Anyone with a smartphone or a social media account will recognize these fun, little pictures, which replace words to help set a tone while sending texts, tweets or other electronic messages.

The first ever emoji was created all the way back in 1999 by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita.

The original emojis were all made on a 12×12, 144-pixel grid.

Since it’s inception, many others have interpreted, redesigned and reinvented the pictures. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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