Universal was founded in 1912.
It's the oldest American movie studio in existence.
Thomas Edison presented Universal with a plaque dedicating its first electric-powered studio in 1915.
Walt Disney created the character "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" for Universal years before Mickey Mouse was born.
Universal won its first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1930, with All Quiet on the Western Front.
Universal had to wait 43 years to win its next Best Picture, for The Sting in 1973. That's a record drought for major studios.
The studio has won 8 Best Pictures in total
It took makeup artists more than two hours to apply Lon Chaney's makeup in Universal's 1925 film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
In the 1930's and 1940's, Universal was best known for its monster movies, including those starring Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and The Mummy.
Bela Lugosi was so well-known for his role as Universal's Dracula, he was buried wearing a vampire cape costume.
Alfred Hitchcock made 8 movies with Universal, including "Shadow of a Doubt" and "The Birds."
Abbott & Costello made more than two dozen movies with Universal.
Universal has distributed several box office record-breakers, including "Jaws," "E.T." and "Jurassic Park."
Universal's theme park in Hollywood opened in 1964.
Each year, 30 million people visit Universal Studios theme parks across the world.
Universal Studios is in Universal City, an unincorporated city that used to have its very own mayor. Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Curtis and Abbott & Costello each had turns as mayor.
Winston Churchill was made an honorary citizen of Universal City.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in 2010.
Universal was the last major studio to release movies in Blu-ray, waiting until July 2008.
2013 was Universal's best year ever at the box office -- beating the studio's old record before November was even more!
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