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History Of The Walt Disney Company

This month marks the 90th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company. Here are some of the most notable moments in the media conglomerate’s history:

  • 1928: Steamboat Willie marks the first appearance of Disney’s iconic character Willie the Steamboat Operator
  • 1931: Disney chemists synthesize and patent childlike wonder
  • 1936: Company records first successful mergers, purchasing rivals Sunbonnet Animation Studio and Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda
  • 1940: Animators wisely remove realistic corkscrew penis from Donald Duck
  • 1953: Under pressure from the Anti-Defamation League, Disney changes its character’s name from Scrooge Duckstein to Scrooge McDuck
  • 1966: Walt Disney dies after crashing his Ferrari
  • 1997: Boogie Nights earns Disney over $26 million at the box office
  • 2005: Walt Disney World celebrates its first day without a visitor death

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