Premiere of Steamboat Willie
On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse became a household name with the release of Steamboat Willie.
In 1917 a young man dropped out of school at age 16 to join the Army and fight in World War I. Rejected by recruiters, he joined the Red Cross instead and was sent to France to drive an ambulance. There was no work to be found when he came home, until a favor from a friend got him a job in an art studio. That began the wonderful journey of Walt Disney, the cartoonist who brought joy to millions around the world.