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1966 - Walt Disney Dies

1966 December 15th - Walt Disney has died at the age of 65. Disney's Mickey Mouse is possibly the most famous character in the world, fictional or living. Mickey first appeared in 1928 in Steamboat Willie, the first sound cartoon film, and he was soon joined by Donald Duck and the rest of the Disney stable. In 1938 another world first the feature-length Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, was a phenomenal success.

Disney also made live films such as Treasure Island, and beautifully photographed full-length nature films like The Living Desert, winning 30 Oscars for his film work. He expanded beyond his film studios with the giant amusement parks, Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Disney's brand of sentimental nostalgia has often been criticized but the world loves him for it