Today is: Walt Disney Day

Mickey Mouse and Bob Iger ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 27, 2017, as Disney marked the its 60th anniversary as a listed company on the NYSE.
Mickey Mouse and Bob Iger ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 27, 2017, as Disney marked the its 60th anniversary as a listed company on the NYSE.

Walt Disney Day is held on the first Monday of December in remembrance and honor of Walt Disney, whose birthday is Dec. 5. Disney created cartoon characters, pioneered animated cartoon films, founded The Walt Disney Company, and came up with and built theme parks. During today's celebration, Disney movie marathons are held and cakes are often baked into the shape of Disney characters. Chicago, the city of Disney's birth, celebrates a Walt Disney Day on Disney's actual birthday each year.

Walter Elias Disney was born on Dec. 5, 1901. When he was young, the family left Chicago and moved to a farm near Marceline, Missouri. The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Disney studied cartooning and then took classes at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design.

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