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    1956:
    At Disneyland, the Mule Pack (one of the park's original attractions) is renamed the Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules.

    1959:
    Disney's Donald Duck film Donald in Mathmagic Land is released in the U.S., as is the live-action feature film Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Although set in Ireland, the bulk of Darby O'Gill was shot at Disney's ranch in Burbank, California. Second unit footage from Ireland, combined with matte paintings by Peter Ellenshaw, help present a seamless picture of 19th century Ireland.

    1968:
    The Disney live-action comedy Never A Dull Moment - starring Di ck Van Dyke, Edward G. Robinson, and Dorothy Provine - is released.
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    1889:
    Moroni Olsen, the voice of the Magic Mirror in Disney's 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is born in Ogden, Utah.

    1907:
    John McIntire, the voice of Grumpy Badger in Disney's 1981 film The Fox and the Hound, and Rufus in the 1977 release The Rescuers, is born in Spokane, Washington.

    1927:
    Robert Keeshan, famously known to children as Captain Kangaroo, is born in Lynbrook, New York. He is the voice of Aesop in a 1998 episode of Disney's Hercules television series.

    1938:
    Actress and Disney Legend Kathryn Beaumont is born in London, England. Her Disney credits include Alice in Wonderland - as the voice of Alice, and Peter Pan - as the voice of Wendy.

    1991:
    Mickey's Mart - a Walt Disney World souvenir shop in Tomorrowland - closes. It will later be known as Mickey's Star Traders.

    1997:
    Disney's 35th animated feature film Hercules is officially released in the U.S. and Canada, the same day Disneyland's Hercules Victory Parade debuts.
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    1926:
    Director, writer, producer, and actor Mel Brooks is born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York. In 1989 he will co-write a short-lived comedy series called The Nutt House for Touchstone/Disney. The same year Brooks will meet with Disney Imagneers to design a theme park attraction for Disney-MGM. A Castle Young Frankenstein attraction (based on Brooks' 1974 comedy feature Young Frankenstein) eventually would be scrapped for ... the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!

    1932:
    Actor Pat Morita - the voice of the Emperor in Disney's 1998 feature Mulan - is born in Isleton, California.

    1940:
    Disney's first Pluto cartoon Bone Trouble is released. It is also the first cartoon directed by Jack Kinney.

    1988:
    The opening of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort ushers in an era of accelerated hotel building at Disney World, during which 10 new resort hotels have been added to date. The Grand Floridian, located at 4401 Floridian Way, is the third Magic Kingdom monorail resort located
    on the beaches of the Seven Seas Lagoon between the Polynesian Resort and the Magic Kingdom. The luxurious hotel - the crown jewel of the Walt Disney World resorts - is themed to be reminiscent of turn-of-the-century Victorian Florida.
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    1901:
    Singer-actor Nelson Eddy, the narrator of Disney's 1946 film Make Mine Music, is born in Providence, Rhode Island.

    1908:
    Disney Legend & artist John Hench is born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will make pioneering contributions to such Disney films as Fantasia and Dumbo, and become senior vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering.

    1915:
    Actress Ruth Warrick, who portrays Sally in Disney's 1946 Song of the South, is born in St. Joseph, Missouri.

    2000:
    The renovated Chevron Autopia opens at Disneyland.

    2007:
    Ratatouille, the eighth animated feature film produced by Pixar, isreleased by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Brad Bird (creator of TheIncredibles), Ratatouille features the voices of Patton Oswalt (as Remy), Lou Romano (as Linguini), Brian Dennehy (as Django), Brad Garrett (as Gusteau), Janeane Garofalo (as Colette), and John Ratzenberger (as Mustafa).
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    1939:
    Disney's Donald Duck short Sea Scouts, directed by **** Lundy and written by Carl Barks, is released. In this short, Donald fancies himself as an old-fashioned Navy Captain ... although he knows nothing about sailing!

    1950:
    Disney's Goofy short Motor Mania (the very first of Goofy's car safety cartoons) is released. Directed by Jack Kinney, it features the voices of Pinto Colvig (as Goofy) and John McLeish (as the narrator).

    1966:
    Cartoonist Carl Barks voluntarily retires after 3 decades of drawing Donald Duck comic books for Disney.
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    1911:
    Entertainer Charles David Thomas is born in Lewistown, Montana. Better known as "Bub," he will go on to become one of the original singing Dapper Dans of Walt Disney World.

    1935:
    As of this date, any employee who has been with the Disney Studio a full year is granted a two-week vacation.

    1951:
    Singer/actor Terrence Mann is born in Kentucky. In 1994 he will originate the role of the Beast in Disney's Broadway musical hit Beauty and the Beast.

    1966:
    Primeval World debuts at Disneyland. Originally featured as part of the Ford Magic Skyway attraction for the 1964-1965 World's Fair, guests aboard the Disneyland Railroad travel through a diorama featuring animatronic dinosaurs.

    1975:
    At Walt Disney World, the WEDway PeopleMover, a futuristic way of shuttling people around Tomorrowland, opens. It is located at Rockettower Plaza, where passengers enter and exit onto a circular moving platform.

    1996:
    At Walt Disney World, the last of the Epcot resorts plannedaround Crescent Lake, Disney's BoardWalk Inn opens. The resort re-creates the vacation charm of the Mid-Atlantic coastal cottages of the 1930s.
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    1947:
    Writer, producer & actor Larry David (famously known for co-creating Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm) is born in Brooklyn, New York. David appears as himself in a May 2007 episode of Disney Channel's Hanna Montana.

    1956:
    The Rainbow Caverns Mine Train attraction begins operation in Disneyland’s new Living Desert.

    1959:
    Disney files a lawsuit against ABC. The network had advised Disney that they would not televise Zorro or The Mickey Mouse Club next season. ABC also informs Disney that these TV shows cannot be offered to other networks. Disney asks the court to invalidate the contracts between the two companies under provisions of the federal anti-trust laws.

    1964:
    Walt Disney Pictures releases The Moon-Spinners, starring Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, and Peter McEnery. It is based on a novel by Mary Stewart.

    1972:
    Although it has been up and running since June 5, Walt Disney World's If You Had Wings attraction is formally unveiled during a dedication ceremony in Tomorrowland. Sponsored by Eastern Airlines (the official airline of the Disney resort) it will be the last Omnimover ride Disney will build for over ten years.

    1986:
    Disney's animated film The Great Mouse Detective (based on the children's book series by Eve Titus, Basil of Baker Street) is released in U.S. theaters.
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    1906:
    Actor George Sanders, the voice of Shere Khan the Tiger in Disney's 1967 classic The Jungle Book, is born to British parents in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    1910:
    Marcellite Garner, the voice of Minnie Mouse beginning in 1928, is born in Redlands, California. She will begin her career in the ink and paint department at the Disney Studios.

    1914:
    Disney composer George Bruns is born in Sandy, Clackamas County, Oregon. His work can be heard in the 1954 Disneyland TV series, the 1955 Mickey Mouse Club TV series, and in dozens of animated Disney features including Sleeping Beauty. His "Yo Ho (A Pirates Life for Me)," originally used for the Disney theme park attractions can also be heard in the 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Bruns, a virtuoso on the tuba and trombone, played with the Firehouse Five Plus Two (a jazz band led by Ward Kimball and made up of Disney employees).

    1947:
    Disney's 1946 feature Song of the South is released in Australia.
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    1898:
    Actor Johhny Lee, the voice of Br'er Rabbit in Disney's 1946 Song of the South, is born in Los Angeles, California.

    1950:
    Actor Jonathan Benair, the voice of the Black and White TV in the 1987 animated film The Brave Little Toaster and Jim Bob in the 1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, is born.

    1979:
    The first baby is born at Disneyland, California. Six-pound, 10-ounce Teresa Salcedo is born to Rosa and Elias Salcedo on a bench behind Plaza Inn. Mickey Mouse will later honor the Los Angeles family with a "Disneyland Birth Certificate No.1"!
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    1928:
    Character actor Warren Oates is born in Depoy, Kentucky. Oates portrays John Blythe in Disney's 2-part 1968 TV story The Mystery of Edward Sims.

    Actress Katherine Helmond, the voice of Lizzie in the animated feature Cars, is born in Galveston, Texas.

    1950:
    Singer-songwriter and actor Huey Lewis is born in New York City. Lewis sang
    "Once Upon A Time In New York City" for Disney's 1988 animated feature
    Oliver & Company and appeared in Disney's 2000 movie Duets (a Hollywood
    Pictures release) with Gwyneth Paltrow.

    1988:
    Epcot's Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion opens to guests.

    2007:
    Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announces that the 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down. The structure, up since Disney World's 2000 millennium celebration, leans on the Spaceship Earth Pavilion.
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    1915:
    Laverne Andrews, one-third of the popular singing trio The Andrews Sisters, is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aside from frequently playing themselves in movies, the sisters sold over 60 million records and lent their singing voices to Disney's Make Mine Music and Melody Time.

    1918:
    Actor Sebastian Cabot, the narrator of Disney's 1968 Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day, the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, and the 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is born in London England. He also lent his voice to Disney's The Jungle Book (as Bagheera) and The Sword in the Stone (as Sir Eric).

    1921:
    Bill Shirley, the voice of Prince Philip in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    1951:
    Actor Geoffrey Rush, who appears as Barbossa in Disney's 2003 live-action Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is born in Australia. His credits also include the voice of Nigel in the 2003 animated Finding Nemo.
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    1931:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey Steps Out is released. Directed by Burt Gillett & animated by David Hand, the short is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

    1940:
    Drummer-singer & actor Ringo Starr (the oldest Beatle) is born in Liverpool, England. His recording of "When You Wish Upon A Star" can be heard on the 1988 release STAY AWAKE Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films.

    1951:
    Actress Roz Ryan - the voice of Thalia, Muse of Comedy in Disney's animated Hercules - is born in Detroit, Michigan.

    1976:
    Disney's live-action comedy feature Gus - starring Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Di ck Van Patten, Bob Crane, Tom Bosley, and football great Johnny Unitas - is released.

    2006:
    Disney's newest feature film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens in theaters the same day the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa (characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean feature films) have been added to the popular attraction. Disney Imagineers have also enhanced the attraction experience with an all-new dynamic digital sound design.
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    1913:
    Radio & voice actor Bill Thompson - the voices of Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, King Hubert in Sleeping Beauty, and Uncle Waldo in The Aristocats - is born in Terre Haute, Indiana.

    1938:
    Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Good Scouts is released.

    1956:
    The Disney animated short How to Have an Accident in the Home, featuring Donald Duck and J.J. Fate (an imaginary personification of Donald's bad "luck"), is released.

    1964:
    Disney's live-action feature film The Moon-Spinners, starring Hayley Mills and Eli Wallach, is generally released.

    2008:
    Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has its grand opening. The new Victorian-style hotel stands in front of the main entrance of Tokyo Disneyland Park
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    1894:
    Disney Legend Joseph Fowler is born Lewiston, Maine. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he will go on to oversee construction of Disneyland, and as Chairman of the Board of WED and Director of Buena Vista Construction Company - help build Walt Disney World.

    1932:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Bears and the Bees is released.

    1938:
    Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy, the voice of Django in Disney/Pixar's 2007 Ratatouille, is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

    1956:
    Actor Tom Hanks, the voice of Sherrif Woody for the Toy Story movies, is born in Concord, California. He also appears on the 1994 TV special The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic.

    1976:
    Actor-director-producer Fred Savage, best known for his role as Kevin Arnold on the long-running TV series The Wonder Years, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He lent his voice to Disney Channel's Kim Possible
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    1972:
    Legendary singer-songwriter Mel Tormé performs the first of a 13-day engagement at the Top of the World, located atop Disney World's Contemporary Resort. Top of the World dinner show seatings are at 6:30 and 9:30 with a $5 cover charge.

    1981:
    Disney's animated The Fox and the Hound premieres in U.S. theaters. It features the voices of Jack Alberston, Pearl Bailey, Sandy Duncan, Corey Feldman, Kurt Russell, Paul Winchell and Mickey Rooney. The storyline is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Mannix. This film marks the premiere effort of a new generation of Disney animators who in a few years will create The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
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