Mickey Mouse made his first public debut on this day in 1928 at the Colony Theatre in New York with his appearance in Steamboat Willie. Today is also considered Mr. Mouse’s birthday. However this was actually Mickey’s third cartoon. His first was Plane Crazy followed by The Gallopin’ Gaucho. Both were silent films but Walt Disney had trouble finding a distributor. However, by the time Walt was working on Steamboat Willie, the technology had changed and his studio was able to create the first sound cartoon. Contrary to popular belief, Disney did not animate the early versions of Mickey. That was the job of Ub Iwerks. However, Walt was the voice of the Mouse for many years, but his first words were not spoken until 1929’s The Karnival Kid where he uttered, “Hot dog!”
Release of 'Ben Hur'
There have been six different movie versions of the filmBen Hur but the most famous is Charlton Heston’s version thatwas released onthis day in 1959. At the time, Ben Hur had the largest budget ($15.175million), the largest sets, awardrobe staff of 100, over 200 artists, about200 camels and 2,500 horses and about 10,000 extras. Filming began on May 18,1958 and didn’t wrap up until January 7, 1959. Filming lasted about 12 to 14hours a day, six days a week. The chariot race scene lasts for nine minutes inthe finished film and Miklos Rozsa’s film score is the longest ever composed for a film.