Break out the party hats and turn up the music. America’s favorite rodent turns 80 today (and, no, we’re not talking about any of the rats on Capital Hill).
Although the November 18, 1928, release of Steamboat Willie actually marked Mickey Mouse’s third appearance on the silver screen, this is the date Disney Corporations has dubbed as Mickey Mouse’s “official” birthday. So why are we celebrating it? Well, because there’s not really much else of note that occurred on November 18th … unless you want to break out the William Tell Overture. Tradition suggests that this was the date on which Tell shot the apple off his son’s head.
I prefer the Mickey Mouse angle, though. I mean, you’ve got to have a certain regard for anyone (or anything) that’s managed to captivate four generations of children without developing a single gray hair in the process.