Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, poses at the Pancoast Hotel in Miami, Fla., on Aug. 13, 1941.  An animation innovator, Disney featured  his favorite character in "Steamboat Willie," the first short cartoon with a soundtrack, in September 1928.  He released his first full-length animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," in 1937.   A multimedia visionary whose name became synonymous with family entertainment, Disney  expanded into television and book publishing, and led the way for a new kind of amusement park known as the "theme park."  Disney opened Disneyland in California in the 1950s. (AP Photo)

Today in History – Nov. 18

In 1928, Walt Disney’s first sound-synchronized animated cartoon, “Steamboat Willie” starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.