Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse Timeline
The life of the world's favorite mouse
Mickey Mouse

by Holly Hartman

1920s 1930s 1940-1978 1983-2001
1928
Walt Disney dreams up Mickey on a cross-country train trip. The little mouse makes his film debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, the date later recognized as his birthday. The black-and-white short also features his gal pal Minnie.
1929
Mickey speaks his first words in The Karnival Kid. Walt Disney provides the voice.
1930
Mickey stars in a comic strip, “Lost on a Desert Island,” and a book, The Mickey Mouse Book. Mickey merchandising begins—his toothless grin appears on writing tablets.
1930s
Mickey stars in 87 cartoon shorts.
1932
Walt Disney receives a special Academy Award (Oscar) for the creation of Mickey.
1933
Mickey is celebrated on the Mickey Mouse Ingersoll wristwatch, manufactured by the Waterbury Watch Co. By the end of the year, nearly a million are sold.
1934
Mickey makes his first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The same year, Mickey gets his own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
1935
Mickey appears in his first color cartoon, The Band Concert. The same year, the League of Nations calls him “an international symbol of goodwill.”
1940
Mickey appears in Fantasia, his first feature film, as the sorcerer’s apprentice.
1944
The Allied troops use Mickey’s name as the code word for their D-Day mission.
1955
The Mickey Mouse Club and its “Mouseketeers” debut on television on October 3. The variety show runs until 1959. Annette Funicello is the most famous of this original group. The same year, California’s Disneyland opens and becomes Mickey’s official home.
1977
The New Mickey Mouse Club hits television on January 17. It runs for one season. Lisa Whelchel (from the Facts of Life) is among the new Mouseketeers.
1978
Mickey celebrates his 50th birthday in a 90-minute television special.
1983
Mickey visits the opening of Tokyo Disneyland.
1989
The All New Mickey Mouse Club debuts on television on April 24. It runs until 1994. Mouseketeers include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, JC Chasez, and Justin Timberlake.
1992
Mickey visits the opening of Disneyland Paris.
2001
Mickey appears with 50 other Disney stars in the video Mickey’s Magical Christmas.


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