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Mickey Mouse Day

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mickey Mouse Day

When : Always November 18th

Mickey Mouse was Walt's most famous character. His first big screen debut was Steamboat Willie on November 18th, 1928. Mickey Mouse has become an international personality whose success laid the financial foundation upon which Walt Disney built his creative organization. Besides being the personification of everything Disney, Mickey has become one of the most universal symbols of the Twenieth Century. Mickey was born in Walt's imagination late in 1928 on a train ride from New York to Los Angeles. Disney wanted to name him Mortimer but his wife told him to call him Mickey instead. He played everything from fireman to giant killer, cowboy to inventor, detective to plumber. Technically and artistically Mickey cartoons were far superior to other contemporary cartoons and gave life to an entire family of animated characters like Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Pluto.

Other Interesting Tid-Bits
Walt Disney played the voice of the original Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse first appeared in "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon with sychronized sound.
Walt Disney had to create a new character when he lost the copyrights for Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. (It's okay Walt, Mickey's more popular anyway.)

This Day in History November 18th

The old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. (326)

Phillip II becomes king of France. (1180)

William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head. (1307)

A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as Sint-Elisabethsvloed. (1421)

Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico. (1493)

St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated. (1626)

Charles Francois Felix operates on King Louis XIV of France's anal fistula after practicing the surgery on several peasants. (1686)

The Battle of Vertières, the last major battle of the Haitian Revolution, is fought, leading to the establishment of the Republic of Haiti, the first black republic in the Western Hemisphere. (1803)

Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Krasnoi ends in French defeat, but Marshal of France Michel Ney's leadership leads to him becoming known as "the bravest of the brave". (1812)

King Christian IX of Denmark decides to sign the November constitution that declares Schleswig to be part of Denmark. This is seen by the German Confederation as a violation of the London Protocol and leads to the German–Danish war of 1864. (1863)

Mark Twain's short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press. (1865)

American and Canadian railroads institute five standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times. (1883)

The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the United States exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone. (1903)

Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) are executed by order of José Santos Zelaya. (1909)

George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize". (1926)

Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey's birthday. (1928)

1929 Grand Banks earthquake: off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula. (1929)

World War II: German leader Adolf Hitler and Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano meet to discuss Benito Mussolini's disastrous invasion of Greece. (1940)

World War II– Battle of Berlin: 440 Royal Air Force planes bomb Berlin causing only light damage and killing 131. The RAF loses nine aircraft and 53 air crew. (1943)

The Iva Valley Shooting occurs after the coal miners of Enugu in Nigeria go on strike over withheld wages; 21 miners are shot dead and 51 are wounded by police under the supervision of the British colonial administration of Nigeria. (1949)

United States President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam. (1961)

The first push-button telephone goes into service. (1963)

U.S. President Richard Nixon asks the U.S. Congress for $155 million in supplemental aid for the Cambodian government. (1970)

In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier. (1978)

War on Drugs: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill into law allowing the death penalty for drug traffickers. (1988)

Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland. (1991)

In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified by the House of Representatives. (1993)

In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59-foot-tall (18 m) Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapses at 2:42am. (1999)

Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq. (2002)

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules 4 to 3 in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and gives the state legislature 180 days to change the law making Massachusetts the first state in the United States to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples. (2003)
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