Donald Duck was born today, June 9th, 1934. He actually was probably around a little before that in the creative mind of Walt Disney but he made his first appearance in “The Wise Little Hen” on June 9th, 1934.
Later that same year he made friends with Mickey Mouse in “Orphan’s Benefit” as Mickey’s rather temperamental side kick.
Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck and he comes from a long line of historical ducks such as, Scrooge McDuck, Ludwig Von Drake, and Clan McDuck. He is rightfully very proud of his heritage as well as his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
He is equaly as proud of his girlfriend, Daisy Duck, the love of his life.
TV Guide has listed Donald among the top 50 cartoon characters of all time. He has been featured in many cartoons, films, and comic books, and even a regular newspaper comic at one time. Though there have been many artists that have given Donald the look we all recognize today he has only had two men voice his character since his birth so long ago. From 1934-1985, Clarence Nash, was the voice of Donald. Since then it has been done by Tony Ansecmo.
Here’s is Donald’s debut clip, “The Wise Little Hen”, “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!”
How to celebrate: Watch a Donald cartoon. Read a Donald comic book. Learn how to talk like Donald.