Donald Duck's 77th Birthday: Disney Icon's 1934 'The Wise Little Hen' (VIDEO)

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It was this day in 1934 that the duck who would become the world's most famous angry bird was born. Albeit, he was already fully grown, but still: in making his first ever animated appearance, Donald Duck began his ascent to stardom.

Donald, in a somewhat different form created by Dick Lundy, appeared in the Silly Symphony short, “The Wise Little Hen.” Life started off on a rough note for Donald, as he faked his way, as VP of the Idle Hours club, into not getting any corn -- and a kick in the butt from Peter Pig. Insult to injury!

Donald's a family man, with his longtime love Daisy (originally name Donna) and nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Perhaps his highest honor came when his cartoon, "Der Fuehrer's Face," in which he dreams that he's a Nazi, won the 1942 Academy Award for Animated Short film.

A frenemy of Mickey Mouse, he's now part of the classic Disney canon, appearing in cartoons, movies and comic books. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he was awarded in 2004.

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