NATIONAL DONALD DUCK DAY
National Donald Duck Day on June 9th each year commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character. Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.
Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time.
His middle name is Fauntleroy. The name means “child king” and derived from Old French.
During Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit, he introduced his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that.
In addition to animation, Donald is also known for his appearance in comic books and newspaper comic strips. One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #DonaldDuckDay
Wish Donald Duck a Happy Birthday! While you’re celebrating, check out these other fun ideas, too:
- Host a Donald Duck impersonation contest.
- Bake Donald Duck-shaped cookies.
- Watch episodes of Donald Duck cartoons.
- Play Donald Duck trivia games.
Use #DonaldDuckDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DONALD DUCK DAY HISTORY
National Donald Duck Day was first proclaimed by L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley in 1984 on Donald’s 50th birthday. The world’s most famous duck gave the city a silver statue of himself as a gift in memory of the big day. He also toured the country leading up to the big Disney birthday party bash.
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June 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
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June 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – 1836
After being denied entry to medical school in Britain, Elizabeth Anderson pursued her education in France and obtaining her license in 1865. She was the first woman in France to do so and also the first British woman to earn a medical degree. She would later co-found the London School of Medicine for Women.
Cole Porter – 1893
Composer and songwriter, Cole Porter is known for his catchy Broadway and Hollywood show tunes such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Anything Goes.”
Les Paul – 1915
One of the pioneering names in electric guitars, Les Paul began his career playing music and establishing a jazz band. Paul revolutionized the music world when he invented one of the first solid-body electric guitars in 1941.