Photo: Mark Kauffman

The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the 80th birthday of their mascot Mickey Mouse today. According to official Disney records, Mickey Mouse appeared in the company’s first sound-synchronized animated short, “Steamboat Willie“, on November 18, 1928. Since then, the company has used the date as the birth date for Mickey Mouse.

As you might have already known, Mickey Mouse is the evolved form of an earlier cartoon character by Walt Disney named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

I’ve included “Steamboat Willie” below for you all to enjoy and celebrate to. Whee!