Oswald was one of the first characters created by Walt Disney to gain wide popularity. Disney was born on Nov. 5, 1901.
He introduced Oswald in the 1927 cartoon short "Trolley Troubles." But within a year, Disney had lost the rights to the character. He created Mickey Mouse as replacement and soon achieved even greater success.
Disney died in 1966. But his company never gave up on Oswald and finally reacquired the rights to the character 40 years later.