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August 30

August 30, 1943 – Walt Disney is Awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle

On August 30, 1943, Walt Disney, along with MGM Studios co-founder Louis B. Mayer, was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honor. Disney received the award from Mexican president Manuel Ávila Camacho, honoring Disney’s efforts to create a strong relationship with Mexico through the Good Neighbor Program. Through this program, Walt and a group of animators, known as “El Grupo,” traveled through South America to research the countries and create animated features and short films. One such output was the film The Three Caballeros, which featured Mexican rooster Panchito as a lead character. This film was the beginning of a long relationship the Disney Studios had with Mexico.

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July 26

July 26, 1955 – Walt Disney and Fess Parker Appear on the Cover of Look Magazine

“In thirty years, Walt Disney has made more than 600 films, watched by a billion pairs of eyes.”

On July 26, 1955, the newest issue of Look Magazine was released, featuring Walt Disney and Fess Parker on the cover. This issue featured an eight-page spread about Walt Disney, the characters he brought to life through animation and television, and plans once Disneyland opened. Also featured was a snippet of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, and his travels around the country promoting the show.

May 24

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May 24, 1968 – Walt Disney is Posthumously Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

“Whereas Walt Disney’s life personified the American dream and his rags-to-riches story demonstrated that the United States of America remains the land of opportunity…”

On May 24, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Walt Disney’s widow, Lillian Disney. Walt, who had passed away on December 15, 1966, had previously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In the joint resolution to issue the medal, it honored Walt’s contributions, his humanitarian efforts, his help with the war effort during World War II, and “his belief that good will ultimately triumphs over evil.”

April 3

April 3, 1953 – Walt Disney Signs Legal License for Use of His Name

“Disney’s name as used herein, includes all forms and variations of his name…”

On April 3, 1953, Walt Disney signed a legal license that would grant him all commercial uses of his name to Walt Disney, Incorporated; this was the first step in ensuring that Disney would be able to control his films, televisions shows, and eventually the parks. This was a historic event in entertainment history, as this contract paved the way for Disney to become the global empire it is today. This agreement also helped pave the way for Disney to create his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, as RKO was crumbling quickly after being acquired by Howard Hughes.

March 25

March 25, 1954 – Walt Disney Wins Four Academy Awards

On March 25, 1954, the 26th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. Walt Disney set a record at this awards ceremony by winning four awards, becoming the most Oscars won in the same year; this record has yet to be broken as of 2017. The awards Disney won include Best Animated Short Film for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom; Best Documentary Feature for The Living Desert; Best Documentary Short for The Alaskan Eskimo; and Best Live Action Short Film, Two-Reel for Bear Country.

March 13

March 13, 1928 – Walt Disney Telegrams Roy Disney After Losing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

“Don’t worry everything ok will give details when arrive”

On March 13, 1928, Walt Disney traveled back to California from New York with his wife Lillian, after negotiations with Charles Mintz about the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit had failed. Before leaving, Walt sent a telegram to his brother Roy reading: “LEAVING TONITE STOPPING OVER KC ARRIVE HOME SUNDAY MORNING SEVEN THIRTY DON’T WORRY EVERYTHING OK WILL GIVE DETAILS WHEN ARRIVE. WALT.” This telegram is usually associated with the myth of the creation of Mickey Mouse, as Disney announced when he got back to California that he lost Oswald but they would start a new series. Walt, Roy, and friend Ub Iwerks quickly set to work on the first Mickey Mouse cartoon Plane Crazy, which was shown in a nearby movie house on May 15, 1928, though they would not have their first real hit on their hands until Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928.

February 26

February 26, 1953 – Walt Disney is Awarded the Cecil B. deMille Award

“In 1928 [Walt Disney] created ‘Steamboat Willie’ introducing Mickey Mouse, and from that point there was no stopping the king of family entertainment in the U.S.”

On February 26, 1953, the 10th Annual Golden Globes were held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. At this ceremony, Walt Disney was awarded the Cecil B. deMille award for his numerous contributions to the film industry, becoming the second recipient of this award after Cecil B. deMille himself. The award acknowledges the “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” made by the individual.