Donald Duck and Donald Bradman Anniversary

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A literary or dramatic (and cricketing), anniversary of sorts: seventy-six years ago today, Donald Duck made his  first appearance in The Wise Little Hen (although he did not achieve fame until two years later when he appeared in Orphan’s Benefit beside Mickey Mouse). It seems that Donald may have acquired both his forename and, indirectly, his surname from Australian cricket champion Donald Bradman who was out for a duck against the West Indies in 1932 while Walt Disney was in the process of creating his famous character. Disney was  intrigued by the strange (to American ears) cricketing expression.