It's Mickey Mouse's birthday, here's 10 facts you might not know about him

Mickey Mouse (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Mickey Mouse is 89 on Saturday and my has he aged well.

The mouse whose story began as a Rabbit has left behind a legacy that makes him one of the most recognizable images in the world.

Here are 10 facts you might not know about the lovable mouse:

  1. Mickey mouse was created after Walt Disney lost the rights of his popular rabbit cartoon character “Oswald” to Universal pictures.
  2. The star was cemented in history with the production of Walt Disney’s 1928 animated short film “Steamboat Willie,” which was the first publicly released cartoon.
  3. Mickey is married to Minnie – she’s his first love.
  4. Mickey’s first spoken words were “Hot Dogs!” He spoke for his first time in "The Karnival Kid," the ninth movie he appeared in. For the previous eight, he was silent. 
  5. The first Mickey Mouse club opened in Salem, Oregon within a year of Mickey’s arrival. By 1930, clubs had spread across the country. The clubs helped to propel kids to stardom – think Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. 
  6. Mickey received the makeover we recognize today in 1935 by animator Fred Moore, further planting himself in the hearts of children across the globe. 
  7. Walt Disney was the original voice for Mickey. Since, four have shared the role. Including: Jimmy MacDonald (1947-1977), Anthony Allwine (1977-2009), Bret Iwan (current) and Christopher Diamantopoulos (current).
  8. The first short that Mickey appeared in color was “The Band Concert” (1935).
  9. Mickey was the first cartoon character to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It came on his 50th birthday in 1078.
  10. The “Mickey Mouse Disco Album” went double-platinum in 1979.