Mickey Mouse, the icon of an animation empire, celebrates 90th birthday

It was the Roaring ‘20s. Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, the New York Yankees had just

won their third World Series title and Mickey Mouse made his debut on the silver screen.

On Sunday, Mickey Mouse, the brainchild of cartoonist Walt Disney that eventually came to symbolize a global entertainment empire, celebrated his 90th birthday.

The iconic rodent, whose easily recognizable silhouette consists simply of a big circle and two little ones for ears, launched his celluloid career in “Steamboat Willie,” at New York’s Colony Theater on Nov. 18, 1928.

In the eight-minute-long, black-and-white cartoon, Mickey pilots a steamboat and entertains Minnie Mouse, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on board, according to IMDB.com.

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