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December 4

December 4, 1998 – A Steiff Mickey Mouse Doll Sells for $7,261 at Christie’s Auction

On December 4, 1998, Christie’s Auction House held a teddy bear themed auction at their auction house in London, South Kensington. At this auction, a rare 1930s Steiff Mickey Mouse doll was listed on the block, estimated to sell between £2,000 and £3,000 (around $3,323 to $4,985 at the time; around $5,127 to $7,691, adjusted for 2018 inflation). The doll would end up selling for £4,370 ($7,261; around $11,203 adjusted for 2018 inflation). Steiff had been creating teddy bears and specialty dolls since 1880, and was asked by Walt Disney to help create what would become an iconic Mickey Mouse doll.

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November 21

November 21, 1978 – The Library of Congress Holds the Exhibit Building a Better Mouse

“…a ground-breaking popular culture exhibition on display at the Library…”

On November 21, 1978, the exhibition Building a Better Mouse kicked off at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Running until January 30, 1979, the exhibit celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday as well as “fifty years of animation,” as it was advertised. It was curated by animation historian J. Michael Barrier, and featured over 120 items, ranging from production art, to merchandise, to books; these items were from a variety of sources, including the Disney Archives and materials already in the hands of the Library of Congress.

September 26

September 26, 1947 – The Character Eega Beeva First Appears in the Mickey Mouse Comics

               Image courtesy of D23

“We can use my interdimensional travel ring to go watch!”

On September 26, 1947, the character Eega Beeva, known as a “highly evolved human,” made his first appearance in the Mickey Mouse comic strip; he was featured in the storyline Mickey Mouse and the Man from Tomorrow. He was originally proposed to premiere in a 1947 ad campaign which tried to introduce the character on Mickey’s twentieth anniversary (although this was erroneous, as Mickey was first introduced in 1928), but was simply introduced as part of a new storyline. Eega’s real name is Pittisborum Psercy Pystachi Pseter Psersimmon Plummer-Push, and he was a tech guru from 2447 that accidentally stumbled into Mickey’s era and life. He was created by Bill Walsh and Floyd Gottfredson, and they completed working on his story until 1950. Although he’s considered a rare character in the American comics, Eega Beeva found great success in Italy, and ended up starring in his own comic; his backstory changed, however, as they claimed he was from 2000 and was an alien.

August 19

August 19, 2011 – Rock Star Mickey is Unveiled at the D23 Expo

“It’s great to see how Rock Star Mickey can get kids rockin’ at an early age.” – Constantine Maroulis

On August 19, 2011, representatives from Fisher-Price and Disney Consumer Products, along with former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, and Mickey Mouse, were on hand at the D23 Expo to present the new Rock Star Mickey interactive plush toy. The toy, a sequel to the previous year’s Dance Star Mickey, features Mickey performing specialty rock moves, including the “Mickety-Split,” where he performs a split while playing the guitar with his nose. Mickey also performs a version of the classic rock song “You Really Got Me.” It was also announced at the event that the toy would be available at retailers nationwide starting September 6, and would retail for $54.99. Maroulis entertained crowds and performed with Mickey to promote the toy, while representatives showed the toy’s dance moves and answered questions.

August 5

August 5, 2004 – The Disney Dream Desk PC is Unveiled in New York City

“At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination.” – President and COO Bob Iger

On August 5, 2004, the newest creation from Disney, the Disney Dream Desk PC, was unveiled in New York City. Designed for children or family use, the PC features an LCD flat screen monitor, embedded speakers, a DVD player, a CD burner, a multimedia keyboard, and a digital pen. The PC also features a variety of Disney programs and applications designed to nurture users’ creativity and imagination, including Disney Mix and Disney’s Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa. Retailing at about $600, the computer was jointly designed by Disney and frog design, and was built by Medion AG. There were also some parental controls added to the operating system, including an Internet filter, email filer, spam blocking, and pop-up window blocking. Alongside Iger to present the new PC was Mickey Mouse, as well as the casts of Hope & Faith and One Life to Live, and children from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.

July 10

July 10, 1993 – The Television Special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown Premieres

On July 10, 1993, the television special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown premiered on television, distributed by Disney and ABC Domestic Television. The feature was used to promote the newest land in Disneyland, which opened on January 24, 1993. The hour-long special featured Jerry Hawkins as detective Spence Dempsey, who is brought to Toontown by his pal Goofy to discover the cause of the craziness occurring there. Written by Wayne A. Brown, Lisa Cappel, and Robin Mensinger, it starred Ray Johnson as the Gatekeeper, Steve Glaudini as the Toon Docotr, Dave Burkhart as the Planning Commissioner, Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck, and Bill Farmer as Goofy. It was directed by Bruce Stuart Greenberg.

July 8

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July 8, 2013 – Disney and Old Navy Announce Clothing Line Partnership

“By combining Disney storytelling with Old Navy’s relaxed, playful styles, we’ve achieved a product line that truly celebrates our classic characters.” – Jodi Rosenblatt, director of sales for Disney Consumer Products

On July 8, 2013, Old Navy announced a special partnership with Disney through the creation of a new clothing line called “Mickey Through the Decades.” The line features rare artwork from the Walt Disney Archives to highlight the changes Mickey and the gang have gone through over the years. Prices for the clothes ranged from around $13 to $15; during the sale of the shirts, customers could enter to win a custom Disney tour and download several digital Disney items.