On this day in 1901, Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. Disney went on to found the Walt Disney Company in 1923, which helped to establish the American animation industry. The company was very successful, creating many beloved characters whose popularity endures, such as Mickey Mouse.
Disney later expanded his media empire to theme parks, establishing Disneyland in 1955. Disney died from lung cancer in 1966, but his legacy continues in the continued success and cultural prevalence of the Disney company.