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January 22

January 22, 2018 – Minnie Mouse Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

“The star of more than 70 movies during her illustrious career, Minnie has entertained millions of people around the world, touching hearts and bringing joy wherever she goes.” – Disney CEO Bob Iger

On January 22, 2018, in conjunction with her 90th anniversary, the Disney character of Minnie Mouse was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is the eighth character from the Disney catalogue to be given this honor; the first, Mickey Mouse, was awarded this on his 50th anniversary. Minnie was present to receive her star, joined by Disney CEO Bob Iger, pop star and then-American Idol judge Katy Perry, and, of course, her love Mickey Mouse. During the ceremony, Minnie Mouse was recognized not only for her film contributions, but also for her worldwide influence ranging from fashion to theme park appearances.

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January 2

January 2, 1938 – The First Episode of the Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air Airs

“Who’s afraid of ra-di-o, ra-di-o, ra-di-o?”

On January 2, 1938, the first episode of the radio program Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air aired on NBC. It was a musical-variety series aimed at children, and was sponsored by Pepsodent. The program was created to promote the upcoming full-length feature animation film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and featured Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, Clarence Nash as Donald Duck, Thelma Boardman as Minnie Mouse, Stuart Buchanan as Goofy, and Florence Gill as Clarabelle Cow. Each episode featured the characters in a different story, with the first story featuring the tale of Robin Hood. The twentieth, and final, episode aired on May 15th.

February 2

February 2, 1950 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse Star on Cover of Western Family Magazine

On February 2, 1950, the newest issue of Western Family Magazine was released, featuring a romantic image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing through a giant valentine card. The magazine featured Mickey on the cover several times, including in a Thanksgiving-themed setting back in 1945. This 1950 issue was illustrated by Hank Porter, who came to the Disney Studios in 1936, working as a publicity artist, and is well-known today for his work in creating insignias for military units during World War II.

December 15

December 15, 1934 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film Two-Gun Mickey Premieres in Theaters

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“On your way, cowboy. I can take care of myself.”

On December 15, 1934, the Mickey Mouse short film Two-Gun Mickey was released to theaters. It was the first short film to be directed by Ben Sharpsteen.

The short begins with Minnie riding a trail, with her horses stopping at a puddle and refusing to cross through it. As she tries to pull them forward, she lands in the puddle, much to the laughter of Mickey, who has been watching nearby. Minnie refuses his help, though he assists her anyway without so much as a thank you. Minnie continues into town, and rebuffs the advances of Pete, who is a wanted bank robber. He and his gang chase after her, and Minnie races through the desert to get away. Meanwhile, Mickey is dreaming of Minnie at his campfire, when he hears her scream nearby. Seeing that she is being chased by bandits, he and his horse race down the canyon to rescue her. Pete manages to trap Minnie up a pole, and catches her in his arms, teasing her about her thinking she can take care of herself. As the gang fires on Mickey, he is able to shoot back with gusto, defeating all of the bandits with a series of well-placed shots. He then finally finds Minnie, and fights with Pete, eventually ending up falling off the side of a cliff. Mickey and Minnie share a kiss as they ride off into the sunset, pulling an unconscious Pete behind them.

November 20

November 20, 1989 – Minnie Mouse $10 is Added to Disney Dollars

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“Disney Dollars may be spent or collected and saved as souvenirs and are redeemable at any time before or after any period of inactivity.”

On November 20, 1989, a new $10 bill featuring Minnie Mouse was added to the Disney Dollar currency that was used within the Disney Parks. Though Disney Dollars had been circulated since May of 1987, it had only featured the $1 and $5. A $50 bill would be added in 2005 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland; all the dollars were discontinued on May 14, 2016.

June 20

June 20, 1941 – The Mickey Mouse Short Film The Nifty Nineties is Released to Theaters

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“A day in the nineties when grandma was a girl, the horseless carriage was quite the show, grandpa cussed when the thing wouldn’t go…”

On June 20, 1941, the Mickey Mouse short film The Nifty Nineties was released to theaters. This is one of the few shorts that features the appearances of all the “Fab Five,” as well as a special cameo of animators Ward Kimball and Fred Moore. The short was directed by Riley Thomson.

A photo album opens to reveal a picture of Mickey next to his car, and the scene is set in the nineties, where he decides to go for a stroll in the park. There, he meets Minnie, and the two fall in love at first sight. He offers Minnie some candy, and the two head off together for a stroll. They head to a vaudeville show, where they are first entertained by a melodrama called “Father, Dear Father.” The melodrama drives Minnie to tears, and Mickey tries to comfort her. Afterwards, they are delighted by the antics of Fred and Ward: Two Clever Boys from Illinois. Afterwards, the two go on a drive, passing by Goofy riding a penny-farthing, along with Donald, Daisy, and the nephews on their tandem bike. Mickey’s car races at 15 miles per hour through the farmland, and barely makes it up a hill, but spooks a cow on the other side. They crash into the cow, but everyone is able to laugh at the situation.

May 30

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May 30, 1947 – The Figaro Short Film Figaro and Frankie is Released to Theaters

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“Figaro, you fiend! You’re terrible! Of all the unspeakable, inhuman, barbaric, dreadful things!”

On May 30, 1947, the Figaro short film Figaro and Frankie was released to theaters. It was the last of the short series of Figaro cartoons, with the first being 1943’s Figaro and Cleo and 1946’s Bath Day. It was directed by Charles Nichols, with story by Eric Gurney and Bill de la Torre.

Frankie the canary is singing in his cage, waking poor Figaro, who is desperately trying to nap. He attacks Frankie’s cage and stops him for a brief moment, but he fights back with birdseed. When Figaro tries to get back at him, Minnie finds the kitten climbing up to the cage and rebukes him. Figaro walks away, but then decides to go after Frankie again and manages to knock over the cage. When Minnie runs in again, she thinks that Figaro has eaten Frankie, and chases him with the broom out of the house. After Minnie rushes Figaro out, it’s revealed that Frankie is indeed alive, and stares out the window, wishing he could fly now that he is free. Unfortunately, Frankie is unable to fly, and nearly falls into Figaro’s mouth, until Figaro is chased away by Butch the bulldog. Butch nearly eats Frankie, and is stuck between being eaten by Figaro and by Butch. Figaro’s conscience tries to convince Figaro to save Frankie, but to not avail, until he hits the cat with his halo. Figaro pushes a potted plant onto Butch’s head, driving the bulldog away. The two manage to make up, and Frankie goes back to annoying Figaro with his singing.