ON THIS DAY: October 3

ON THIS DAY: October 3

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1955), “The Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on ABC television. At least three of the original 24 Mouseketeers were teenagers, all eclipsed in popularity by Annette Funicello, who turned thirteen three weeks into the show. Walt Disney was said to have discovered her playing the lead in “Swan Lake” at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, California. Funicello was soon receiving 6,000 fan letters per month.

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