Mandi Bierly
June 09, 2008 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Donald Duck made his first appearance on June 9, 1934, in the cartoon “The Wise Little Hen.” So today, we pause to celebrate him — and to ask who, other than the Swedes, actually prefers him to Mickey Mouse. (Apparently, when Donald’s Christmas special airs in Sweden on Christmas Eve afternoon, the whole country shuts down.)

Below, the duck’s finest achievement, the Oscar-winning WWII propaganda short, Der Fuehrer’s Face. (Perhaps he didn’t wear pants because he had such large cojones?)

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