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    1973:
    Disney's live-action Charley and the Angel, starring Fred MacMurray, Cloris Leachman, Harry Morgan, and Kurt Russell, is released. During the Depression, a crotchety & frugal shopkeeper (MacMurray) is visited by an angel (Morgan), who shows him what will happen if he doesn't change the error of his ways. Nominated for a Golden Globe, it is MacMurray's 7th and final Disney film.
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    March 24

    1956:
    At Disneyland, the Astro Jets open for business in Tomorrowland.

    1973:
    Disneyland's seventh themed land Bear Country opens. The Country Bear Jamboree attraction is the first to be imported to Anaheim from Walt Disney World.

    2002:
    Randy Newman's "If I Didn't Have You" - from Disney's Monsters, Inc. - is awarded an Oscar for Best Song at the 2001 Academy Awards.
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    March 25

    1947:
    Singer, songwriter & pianist Elton John - the man behind the music for Disney's The Lion King and Aida - is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England.

    1991:
    Touchstones Pictures' Di ck Tracy walks away with 3 Oscars at the 1990 Academy Awards including one for Best Song - Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man).
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    March 26

    1931:
    Actor Leonard Nimoy, the voice of King Kashekim Nedakh in Disney's 2001 release Atlantis: The Lost Empire, is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

    1948:
    Singer-songwriter Steven Tyler, who appears with his band Aerosmith in Disney's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster attraction, is born Steven Victor Tallarico in Yonkers, New York.

    1950:
    Actor Martin Short - the voice of B.E.N. in Disney's 2002 animated feature Treasure Planet and the narrator of Epcot's The Making of Me and O Canada, is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

    1985:
    Actress Keira Knightley - known for her role of Elizabeth Swann in both Disney features Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - is born in Middlesex, England.
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    1940:
    Actor Austin Pendleton - the voice of Gurgle in Disney/Pixar's 2003 Finding Nemo - is born in Warren, Ohio.

    2008:
    A baby giraffe named AJ enters the world at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The calf (the third giraffe to be born this year at the theme park) stands at about six feet tall, and weighs in at 145 pounds.
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    1910:
    Original Mouseketeer MC & 1992 Disney Legend Jimmie Dodd, the adult leader on television's The Mickey Mouse Club, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A talented guitarist and musician, Dodd was originally hired by Walt Disney as a music writer. He went on to write and compose "The Mickey Mouse Club March" and all the daily opening songs for the show.

    1936:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon Elmer Elephant is released. Directed by Wilfred Jackson, the short tells the story of a timid elephant who saves Tillie (a tiger he has a crush on) from a fire.

    1958:
    The Disneyland Railroad’s newest engine; the Fred S. Gurley Engine No. 3, is commissioned into service. Built in 1894 by Baldwin Locomotive Works, it is named for 1958 Santa Fe Railroad President Fred Gurley. Originally in service since 1895, it is the oldest of any of the engines in the Disney Parks.

    1987:
    The very first Disney Store opens - in Glendale, California.
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    1918:
    Legendary entertainer Pearl Bailey, the voice of Big Mama in Disney's 1981 animated release The Fox and the Hound, is born in Newport News, Virginia.

    1940:
    Actor Hal Stalmaster, the star of Disney's 1957 live-action feature Johnny Tremain, is born.

    1943:
    Comic actor, writer & film director Eric Idle - Dr. Nigel Channing of Honey, I Shrunk the Audience & Journey Into Your Imagination - is born in England.

    1961:
    Actress Amy Sedaris - the voice of Foxy Loxy in the 2005 animated feature Chicken Little - is born in New York City.
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    1913:
    Disney animator Marc Davis - one of Walt's "Nine Old Men" - is born in Bakersfield, California. He will go on to help create such memorable Disney characters as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell, and Cruella de Vil. He will also play a key role in the development of many theme park attractions - such as Pirates of the Caribbean.
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    1969:
    TV host Samantha Brown is born in Dallas, Texas. She is the host of several travel programs for the Travel Channel including Great Hotels which has featured many Disney World resorts.
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    1976:
    Treasure Island reopens as Discovery Island, after being closed since the beginning of the year for the addition of a walk-through aviary, exotic flora and fauna, and a snack bar. This natural 11-acre island, located in the middle of Bay Lake, is a lush forest environment with birds, reptiles, & mammals and hundreds of tropical specimen plants from all over the world. The only way to reach Discovery Island is by one of the ferries which depart from the Magic Kingdom, Fort Wilderness, and the Contemporary Resort.

    1995:
    Walt Disney World's water park Blizzard Beach debuts in Florida. A "melted ski resort," it is the third WDW water park.
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    April 2

    1908:
    Actor Buddy Ebsen, who portrays George Russel in Disney's Davy Crockett films and TV shows, is born.

    1930:
    Clarabelle Cow first appears in the Mickey Mouse comic strip.

    1940:
    Walt Disney Productions offers shares in the company to the public for the first time. 155,000 shares of preferred stock are offered at $25 per share and 600,000 of common stock for $5 per share.

    1945:
    Actress Linda Hunt, the voice of Grandmother Willow in Disney's 1995 release Pocahontas, is born in Morristown, New Jersey.
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    April 3

    1941:
    Walt Disney hosts a luncheon and conference at his studio for government officials
    and representatives of the defense industries. With a studio strike looming, Walt
    feels an urgency to obtain government work.

    1953:
    Walt Disney signs a contract that will change the face of entertainment for all time. The two-page document gives Walt Disney Incorporated the right and license to use Disney’s name for all commercial purposes. By signing this document, Walt will make possible the Disneyland theme park and such TV series as Walt Disney Presents and The Wonderful World of Disney.

    1959:
    Actor David Hyde Pierce, the voice of Dr. Doppler in Disney's 2002 animated Treasure
    Planet, is born in Saratoga Springs, New York. Other Disney voice credits include the feature A Bug's Life (as Slim)
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    1932:
    Comedic actress Estelle Harris - the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in Disney's Toy Story 2 is born in New York City.

    1944:
    Actor Craig T. Nelson, the voice of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible in the 2004 Disney-Pixar animated feature The Incredibles, is born in Spokane, Washington.
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    1930:
    Singer Mary Costa, the voices of Princess Aurora/Briar Rose in Disney's 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty, is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    1934:
    Actor and impressionist Frank Gorshin is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He will go on to play the role of Iggy the bank-robber in Disney's 1965 live-action film That Darn Cat!
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    April 6

    1947:
    Actor John Ratzenberger, Pixar's "good luck charm" is born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. All of Pixar Animation's feature films has included Ratzenberger's voice - such as Yeti in Monsters, Inc. and Hamm the Piggy Bank in both Toy Story features. According to director/screenwriter Andrew Stanton, Pixar actually has a rule stating that Ratzenberger must be in all Pixar films! His voice credits include Underminer in The Incredibles, Mack in Cars, and John in WALL-E.

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