Spent most of his childhood here
Walt Disney attended the Benton Grammar School, where he met Walter Pfeiffer. The Pfeiffers, introduced Walt Disney to the world of motion pictures.
Walt's family migrated to Chicago. Walt started taking courses at the Chicago Art Institute. He wanted to join the Army but was rejected, because he was only sixteen. Then Walt joined the Red Cross after which, he was sent to France. He worked as an ambulance driver there.
In January, he along with the cartoonist, Ubbe Iwerks, established the Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists Company.
Walt moved to Hollywood to become a director. In the October of the same year, Walt and his brother Roy signed a contract with M.J. Winkler, a cartoon distributor in New York.
Walt hired a young lady named Lillian Bounds as an inker. They ended up marrying each other during the same year. After a couple of years of marrige they had two girls.
Disney renamed his studio. Now it is called Walt Disney Studio
The studio created the series Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Walt Disney's imagination gave birth to Mickey Mouse. The cartoons 'Plane Crazy' and 'Steamboat Willie' followed. In November 1928, the Colon Theater in New York showcased Steamboat Willie. It was the first animated cartoon with sound and gained a positive response from the audience. Walt Disney had become popular by this time with all the companies wanting the rights to Mickey Mouse.
'Flowers and Trees', a Silly Symphonies cartoon done in Technicolor, won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons.
In the cartoon, Orphan's Benefit, Donald Duck was introduced into the Mickey Mouse world. Donald Duck became the second most popular in Disney's creations.
Snow White was released under a deal with RKO Radio Pictures. The film was a huge success and earned an amount of $8 million. Snow White brought in the Golden Age of Animation for Disney.
During the late 1940s, Disney continued the work on 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan' and commenced work on 'Cinderella'.There he sketched his ideas for an amusement park, deriving inspiration from the Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California. This idea was later expanded to design what is now known as Disneyland!
The popularity of Donald Duck increased to a great extent and Donald replaced Mickey as Disney's star character.
Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was produced
Mickey Mouse Club became the first daily TV show.
Walt Disney was the Head of Pageantry for the Winter Olympics of that year.
'Mary Poppins' became the most popular Disney film of the 1960s. It received nominations for 13 academic awards.
On December 15, Walt Disney died of lung cancer.