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Illustration of Mickey Mouse's face over a white inner background, and a red rim. Black text is at the top and bottom.
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Before the Mickey Mouse Club show, there was the Mickey Mouse Club, an actual club for young fans of all things Disney. The club held its inaugural meeting in the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon on December 21, 1929 and attracted over 1000 young people. By the 1930s, the club had over 1 million members.
The Mickey Mouse Club show debuted on ABC in 1955 and featured a regular cast of teenagers who performed skits and musical numbers. These performers were known as Mouseketeers, and they became instant celebrities, as would their successors in the numerous revivals of the show. Mickey Mouse Club had several iterations, relaunching in 1977, 1989, and 1994, with the most recent revival kick-starting the careers of global superstars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling.
While the first run of the Mickey Mouse Club ended in 1959, the original logo for the show is still in wide use, appearing regularly in Disney branded products.
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