Today is Mickey Mouse’s birthday, or perhaps I should say the anniversary of the day Mickey was introduced to the world as Disney’s first synchronized sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie, which premiered at the Colony Theater in New York City in 1928. This is the day that Walt Disney recognizes as Mickey’s official anniversary at least.
Mickey actually first appeared six months prior in unofficial screenings of Plane Crazy on May 15th and The Gallopinâ€™ Gaucho on August 2nd. After Steamboat Willie, soundtracks were added to Gaucho and Crazy, and they were released on December 30, 1928 and March 17, 1929, respectively.
Here is the original Steamboat Willie video for your viewing pleasure: