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    March 4

    1937:
    Disney's cartoon short The Country Cousin wins an Oscar at the 9th Annual Academy Awards
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    1943:
    Disney's Der Fuehrer's Face wins an Oscar (Short Subjects, Cartoon) at the 15th Academy Awards held at the Coconut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.

    1956:
    Walt Disney appears on The Ed Sullivan Show. Walt presents a Look Magazine Award to actor Fess Parker for his Davy Crockett role.

    1999:
    In New York City, Sotheby's holds an auction for "The Art of Disney's Mulan."

    2003:
    "La Vida Mickey 2," a Latin dance party CD, is released.

    Toy Story is voted #1 in the Top 100 Animated Features of All Time by the Online Film Critics Society. Other Disney films in the top 10 include Fantasia, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. (Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing Internet-based film journalism.)


    2004:
    It is reported that embattled Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner was stripped of his role as chairman at yesterday's annual shareholders meeting. Disney's board† elected former U.S. Senator George Mitchell as the company's new chairman. (Eisner will continues to keep his position as chief executive even though 43 percent of shareholders voted against him in an unprecedented protest.)

    The Walt Disney World Resort and Amerada Hess Corp. enter into a multi-year agreement that includes the operation of three Hess Express service stations on property in Florida. Hess also will become the title sponsor of the Sports Fields venue at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
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    March 5

    1928:
    Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit black & white silent short Rival Romeos is released.

    1932:
    The Mickey Mouse short The Mad Dog is released.

    1936:
    Disney's cartoon short Three Orphan Kittens wins an Oscar at the 8th Annual Academy Awards.

    1950:
    The first color comic strip of Disney's "Cinderella" is published
    in Sunday editions of newspapers.


    1983:
    The Journey Into Imagination ride opens at Epcot's Future World. The pavilion has been opend since October 1, 1982.

    2000:
    The second annual Garden Design Event at the Disney Institute in Walt Disney World (offering hands-on experience in all aspects of designing, planting and maintaining a garden) comes to an end after 4 days.

    2003:
    Disneyland's King Arthur Carrousel reopens after 14 months of renovation. Among the changes is the addition of a wheelchair- accessible chariot that seats four and a loading ramp for disabled riders.

    2005:
    The Newport Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Disney's 1940 Fantasia during a concert held at the Newport Performing Arts Center in California
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    2001:
    The local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice honors Walt Disney World President Al Weiss with its highest award. The central Florida chapter of NCCJ, a New York-based nonprofit group, gives Weiss its 2001 Humanitarian of the Year award during an evening event at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Weiss is honored for his leadership in promoting diversity and racial tolerance within Disney and the community.
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    1927:
    The Alice Comedy Alice the Collegiate is released.

    1935:
    In the north of Spain, the third of the European Disney weeklies, Mickey - Revista Infantil Ilustrada (which means Mickey - Illustrated Child Magazine) is published by Editorial Molino.

    1955:
    An Emmy award for Best Individual Program of the Year, is won for the Disneyland TV episode "Operation Undersea." Walt Disney himself also wins an Emmy award for Most Outstanding New Personality. A third Emmy (Best Variety Series, Including Musical Varieties) goes to the Disneyland TV series.

    1997:
    Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean reopens after being renovated.

    Disney releases Jungle 2 Jungle starring Tim Allen, Lolita Davidovich, JoBeth Williams, and Martin Short.

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    March 8

    1986:
    The Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice's Tea Party attractions both open in Tokyo Disneyland.
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    March 9

    1984:
    Touchstone Pictures (part of the Disney family) releases its first film, "Splash" (directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, and John Candy.) Touchstone Pictures has been created to allow Disney to produce non-G-rated movies.

    Roy E. Disney resigns from the central board of the Walt Disney Company, setting in motion a series of takeover bids and maneuvering that by August will actually leave him in control of the company.

    1985:
    Tokyo Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade debuts.
    It is basically a carbon copy of the original Disneyland parade.

    1997:
    Walt Disney Records hosts an exclusive event for NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandise) '97 Convention attendees in Disney World's Tomorrowland.

    2004:
    Disney's Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo is released
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    March 10

    1938:
    Disney is twice awarded at the 1937 Academy Awards presented at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Disney/RKO cartoon short The Old Mill wins an Academy Award, and Walt Disney Productions wins an Oscar for the design and use of its unqiue multi-plane camera.

    1955:
    U.S. President Eisenhower calls Walt Disney to congratulate him on the previous night's TV broadcast of "Man in Space." Eisenhower asks for a copy of it to show the generals in the Pentagon.

    1985:
    Today is General Electric's last day as corporate sponsor of Disney World's Carousel of Progress. GE's association with the attraction goes all the way back to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.


    2001:
    A rare reunion of original stars of the 1950s television series "The Mickey Mouse Club" is held at Pardini's in Fresno, California. Proceeds of the event benefit the Center for Independent Living, a local organization that assists those with disabilities.

    In celebration of the opening of Disney's California Adventure, Disney presents the "Artist's Choice" Pin of the Month Program with the "Tattoo Surf" pin. On the second Saturday of each month, (excluding February) a different pin will be released from the series.

    The "Nanea" (which means tranquil) volcano-themed pool at Disney World's Polynesian Resort replaces the original grotto pool. The new swimming hole includes underwater music.

    2003:
    It is reported that Disney World's Swan and Dolphin hotels are being redecorated in an effort to make all 2,300 rooms more luxurious. The properties, owned by Tishman Hotel Corp. and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, are aimed largely at business travelers. The overhaul is being directed by Michael Graves, the 13-year-old hotels' original architect who designed the hotels' exterior landmarks.

    2004:
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presents its new Green Lodgings awards to Disney World's Coronado Springs and Boardwalk Resorts. (They are two of the first four hotels in Florida to receive the awards.) The honor is given to hotel properties that feature innovative and imaginative programs to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, minimize pollution and reduce costs.
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    March 11

    1933:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "Birds in the Spring" is released.

    1938:
    Disney's Donald Duck cartoon "Donald's Better Self" is released.

    1966:
    Several landowners (all fully-owned subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Company) petition the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, which serves Orange County, Florida, for the creation of the Reedy Creek Drainage District. The Drainage District will be incorporated on May 13 as a public corporation. The land within Walt Disney World will become part of the Reedy Creek Improvement District - which will allow the Disney Corporation to exercise quasi-governmental powers over the area.


    1977:
    The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, a compilation consisting of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, is released.

    2001:
    The Mulan Parade makes it's final trip down Hollywood Blvd at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.
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    March 12

    1987:
    Robert J. Fitzpatrick is named president of Euro Disneyland.

    1993:
    The Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is bought by Disney.

    The Disney film A Far Off Place (starring Reese Witherspoon† and Ethan Embry) is released.

    2003:
    The Orlando Business Journal reports that Walt Disney World has received the Corporation of the Year Award from America's Blood Centers in Washington, D.C. Disney World is recognized for outstanding contributions in blood donations to the Central Florida Blood Bank. (America's Blood Centers is a national organization of independent blood banks that supply nearly half of the nation's blood supply.)

    2004:
    St. Patrick's Day is celebrated today, tomorrow and on Wednesday the 17th at Disney World's Pleasure Island.
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    March 13

    1928:
    On a train ride back to California with his wife Lillian, Walt Disney sends his brother and business partner Roy a Western Union telegram that reads:
    "LEAVING TONITE STOPPING OVER KC ARRIVE HOME SUNDAY MORNING SEVEN THIRTY DON'T WORRY EVERYTHING OK WILL GIVE DETAILS WHEN ARRIVE WALT." This is in reference to the fact that although the Disney brothers have lost their animated creation Oswald the Rabbit to Charles Mintz (a ruthless producer) ... Walt has a new idea for an animated mouse character.

    1936:
    The Tulsa Tribune quotes writer Thornton Wilder as telling a lecture audience, "The two presiding geniuses of the movies are Walt Disney and Charlie Chaplin."


    1937:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon "Woodland Cafe" is released.

    1947:
    At the 19th Annual Academy Awards (held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles), the Walt Disney Studio Sound Department wins an Oscar for innovations in locating noise in sound tracks. It is the first time the event is opened to the general public.

    1969:
    Disney's film "The Love Bug," starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, and Joe Flynn is released. It will be the highest grossing film in the U.S. during 1969, and lead to three sequels and a limited TV series. The movie will also enhance the Volkswagen Beetle's image.

    2001:
    A 1,500-acre spread of the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Polk County, Florida continues to burn after a power line falls and ignites some brush. The fire affects land donated by the Walt Disney Company to The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit environmental group that is attempting to return some of the pastureland there to its original swamp condition.

    2002:
    Disney's Broadway show Beauty and the Beast gives its 3,225th performance, making it the tenth longest-running Broadway show of all time.
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    March 14

    1929:
    Disney's 7-minute Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Barn Dance" is released. It is the first of what will be twelve Mickey shorts released during 1929.

    1935:
    Donald Duck makes his first appearance in the Mickey Mouse daily newspaper comic strip.

    1994:
    The Walt Disney Company proposes a restructuring "rescue" plan which will decrease the amount of Euro Disneyland's debt. (Much has happened with Euro Disneyland since its opening and although there has been successes at the Paris theme park, the high debt incurred along the way has caused the financial problems to become the number one priority.) In order for the park to remain operational the debt must be lowered.

    The Virginia legislature approves a $140-million bond issue to pay for highway improvements near the proposed Disney's America theme park site. The project will eventually be cancelled.

    2000:
    The audio CD Color, Rhythm and Magic: Favorites From Disney Classics by jazz pianist Earl Rose is released.

    2003:
    At 6 p.m., Cirque du Soleil celebrates a milestone at Walt Disney World, as the cast of La Nouba marks its 2000th performance at the Cirque du Soleil theater at Downtown Disney West Side. La Nouba comes from the French "faire la nouba," which means "to party" or "to live it up."
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    MARCH 15

    1936:
    Disney's Silly Symphony Three Orphan Kittens wins an Oscar for Short Subjects, Cartoon at the 1935 Academy Awards held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

    1973:
    Tenor Bob Mathis of the Dapper Dans of Disney World, performs with the popular barbershop quartet for the last time. He had been a member since their inception. He leaves to direct a choral society in Atlanta, Georgia.


    2001:
    The Disneyland Resort in California officially welcomes its 450 millionth guest, first-time visitor to Disneyland park, Mark Ramirez of Texas, a civilian production management specialist for the U.S. Air Force. Ramirez, his wife, and three daughters are honored during a ceremony where he is presented with a lifetime pass to the Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure), a stay at the new Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and a gift pack. He is also given the honor of changing the official attendance sign at the Disneyland park Train Station from 400 million to 450 million.
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    March 16

    1934:
    An Oscar is won for Disney's short subject cartoon, The Three Little Pigs at the 6th annual Academy Awards held in the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.

    1935:
    The Disney film Mickey's Service Station featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy is released.

    1955:
    "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", by Bill Hayes, reaches the number one spot on the pop music charts. It will stay there for five weeks. The tune had premiered on the very first episode of Disney's TV series in 1954, putting in motion a Davy Crockett craze aross the U.S.

    1961:
    Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor, starring Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olsen and Ed Wynn, is released. The film's "Medfield Fight Song" is written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, their first song for a Disney feature.

    Also released is the animated short The Saga of Windwagon.

    1968:
    Louis Armstrong and his 7-piece band (augmented with a studio orchestra and choir) record 4 songs for the upcoming LP Disney Songs the Satchmo Way in a Hollywood studio. This day's session includes "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo," and "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."


    1974:
    At Disney World, "Magic Carpet 'Round the World" replaces "America the Beautiful" in Tomorrowland.

    1992:
    The Dapper Dans film one of the opening segments of The Magic of Christmas At Disneyland ,a souvenir video which is available during the holidays only at the Anaheim park.

    1999:
    The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, a Touchstone Home Video production based on a Ray Bradbury story, is released direct-to-video. The film is produced by Stuart Gordon and Roy E. Disney.

    2001:
    The Atlanta Braves take on the New York Yankees at Walt Disney World's Wide World of Sports.

    2002:
    Another Rock 'n' Roller Coaster debuts ... this time at the grand opening of Walt Disney Studios Paris (located at Disneyland Resort Paris)
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    March 17

    1929:
    The Disney film Plane Crazy (now with sound) starring Mickey Mouse premieres at Mark Strand Theater in New York City.

    1931:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Traffic Troubles is released. In this short (featuring the voices of Walt Disney and Marcellite Garner) Mickey is a taxi driver.

    1938:
    Donald Duck's pet St. Bernard first appears in the Donald Duck newspaper comic strip (drawn by Al Taliaferro).

    1939:
    The Disney film Goofy and Wilbur is released. It is the first appearance of Wilbur the grasshopper.

    1956:
    An Emmy award for Best Action or Adventure Series, is won for the Disneyland TV show. Walt Disney himself also wins an Emmy award for Best Producer - Film Series.

    1968:
    A St. Patrick's Day Parade is held for the first time at Disneyland.

    Louis Armstrong and his 7-piece band record the final 3 songs for his upcoming LP Disney Songs the Satchmo Way in a Hollywood studio. Today's session includes "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Heigh-Ho," and
    "Whistle While You Work."

    1997:
    Disney World's Pleasure Island is transformed into Pleasure "Ireland" for St. Patrick's Day. The first 1,000 guests receive free party favors, and the night is filled with games including a contest to find the best Irish-jig dancer.

    1999:
    Test Track officially opens at Disney World's Epcot. Sponsored by General Motors, the attraction is the fastest ride ever designed (at this time) by Disney's Imagineers ... guests can reach speeds of 65 mph!

    2001:
    The United Kingdom Pavilion at Disney World's Epcot celebrates St. Patrick's Day with special food, decorations and entertainment. Storyteller Darby O'Gill and The Butler School of Irish Dance perform throughout the afternoon. The Rose & Crown Restaurant serve traditional green beer and green Sprite, as well as corned beef, cabbage, Irish stew and soda bread.

    The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., presents an exhibit called "The Architecture of Reassurance: Designing the Disney Theme Parks." The exhibition (which will run through August 5) is organized by the Canadian Center for Architecture.

    2004:
    Exxon Mobile ends its sponsorship of Ecpot's Universe of Energy
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    March 18

    1858:
    Kepple Disney marries Mary Richardson. The following year, they will have a child named Elias.

    1933:
    The Disney film Mickey's Mellerdrammer is released.

    1967:
    The "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, California. All the figures in the attraction are designed by Imagineer Marc Davis and the lavishly detailed sets are by Claude Coats. It is the last attraction Walt Disney himself worked on extensively before his death.

    1985:
    The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) announces plans to merge with Capital Cities Communications to form Cap Cities/ABC. The $3.5 billion merger is the 11th largest corporate merger in U.S. history. (A decade and a few months later, the Walt Disney Company will announce that it has reached an agreement to merge with Cap Cities/ABC to form the largest entertainment and television production conglomerate in the world in a deal worth more than $19 billion dollars.)

    2001:
    The world's first-ever digitally transmitted and projected feature film premiere, of Dimension Films' Spy Kids, is the main attraction at Disney's new California Adventure theme park at a benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Children's Diabetes Center at UCLA. Boeing Satellite System, a unit of The Boeing Company, hosts the event and uses its Boeing digital cinema system to deliver Spy Kids to the park's Hyperion Theater. (Boeing digital cinema is a network system that digitally transmits first-run films directly to movie theatres via satellite-based and fiber-optic networks.) Prior to the premiere, park visitors are treated to a parade up Main Street, featuring several of the stars of Spy Kids.

    "Travel Channel Secrets: Inside Disneyland Paris" airs for the first time in the U.S.

    2003:
    Disney Records releases the soundtrack from Piglet's Big Movie, featuring music by Carly Simon.

    Imagineering legend Orlando Ferrante receives a Window on Disneyland's Main Street.
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