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    June 14

    1895:
    Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Crickett in Pinocchio and the voice of Jim Crow in Dumbo, is born in Hannibal, Missouri. He will be named a Disney Legend in 2000. (When Edwards dies in 1971, nearly broke and alone, Walt Disney Productions, remembering his many contributions to their films, will pay for his funeral.)

    1906:
    Actor/dancer Gil Lamb is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His Disney credits include the live-action films The Boatniks, The Love Bug, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, Blackbeard's Ghost, and The Gnome-Mobile.

    1909:
    Singer-actor Burl Ives, who appears in Disney's 1963 film Summer Magic, is born in Hunt, Illinois. (TV fans may recognize his voice from the classic TV special "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.")

    1916:
    Actress Dorothy McGuire, who appears in Disney's 1960 film Swiss Family Robinson, and the 1963 Summer Magic, is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
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    June 15

    1917:
    Art director, set designer and Disney Legend Bill Martin is born in Marshalltown, Iowa. He will go on to help Walt Disney create such classic Disneyland attractions as Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Snow White's Adventures, and Peter Pan's Flight.

    1949:
    Actor Jim Varney (famous for his "Ernest" character) is born in Lexington, Kentucky. He will go on to supply the voices for Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Slinky Dog in Disney's Toy Story and Toy Story 2.

    2005:
    A digitally enhanced version of Disney's classic animated feature Bambi is screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in California.
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    1907:
    Writer Helen Aberson is born in Syracuse, New York. Her book "Dumbo, the Flying Elephant" (which she co-wrote with Harold Perl) will inspire the 1941 Disney classic Dumbo.

    1955:
    Disney's 15th animated feature film Lady and the Tramp has its
    world premiere in Chicago. It is the first Disney cartoon feature filmed in CinemaScope. (It will be generally released 6 days later.)

    Actress Laurie Metcalf (the voice of Andy's Mom in both of Disney's Toy Story movies and the voice of Sarah in Treasure Planet) is born Carbondale, Illinois. (TV fans may remember Metcalf for her role of
    Jackie on Roseanne.)

    Tony Anselmo, Disney animator and voice of Donald Duck, is born in London, England. (He will join the Disney staff in 1980 and learn Donald Duck from Clarnece Nash, the original voice.)

    2005:
    Hong Kong Disneyland opens two shops at the Hong Kong International Airport to sell thousands of souvenirs with the theme of Hong Kong Disneyland (which is scheduled to open on September 12).
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    1882:
    Composer Igor Stravinsky is born in Russia. His composition
    The Rite of Spring can be heard in Disney's 1940 Fantasia.
    (Classical music lovers who know the pieces used in Fantasia are sometimes offended by the cuts that were taken. The cuts in The Rite of Spring angered Stravinsky - the only composer living at the time whose work was represented in the film.)

    1946:
    Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York. He will go on to co-write the musical score for Disney's 1988 animated feature Oliver and Company.

    2005:
    Disney releases Howl's Moving Castle in theaters. An animated love story set in a fantasy world, the feature is directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
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    June 17

    1995:
    The first wedding performed at Walt Disney World's Wedding Pavilion - a Victorian-style structure located next to the Grand Floridian Resort - previews on the Lifetime cable network show, Weddings of a Lifetime.
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    June 19

    1915:
    Pat Buttram, the voice behind many Disney animated characters - including Chief in the 1981 release The Fox and the Hound, and Luke in the 1977 release The Rescuers - is born in Addison, Alabama.

    1946:
    Actress Jennifer Darling is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her Disney voice credits include Brother Bear, Treasure Planet, Lilo & Stitch, Monsters Inc., The Emperor's New Groove, A Bug's Life, and Aladdin.

    1965:
    Actor Sean Marshall - Pete in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon - is born in Canoga Park, California.

    1996:
    Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame has its world premiere at the Superdome in New Orleans, utilizing six enormous screens, and a parade through the French Quarter. (The film will have its general release 2 days later.)

    2005:
    Voting begins for Discovery Channel's Greatest American. Among the top 25 nominees ... is Walt Disney!
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    June 20

    1944:
    Original Mouseketeer Cheryl Holdridge is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Besides appearing on "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1956-1959, she also portayed Julie Foster on the classic "Leave It to Beaver" TV series.

    1952:
    Actor John Goodman, the voice of James P. Sullivan in Disney's 2001 Monsters, Inc. and the voice of Pacha in Disney's 2000 The Emperor's New Groove, is born in Affton, Missouri.

    1971:
    Actor Josh Lucas, who portrayed Coach Don Haskins in the Walt Disney Pictures 2006 release Glory Road, is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    2004:
    The Food Network airs "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings" hosted by Sandra Pinckney.
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    June 21

    1988:
    The Touchstone/Amblin Entertainment film Who Framed Roger Rabbit premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It will be generally released in U.S. theaters the following day. This film marks the first (and to date, only) time that characters from several animation studios - including Disney, Universal, MGM, Republic, Turner Entertainment, and Warner Bros. - appear in one film!
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    June 22

    1918:
    Character actor Richard Eastham is born in Opelousas, Louisiana.
    His Disney credits include the live-action features That Darn Cat! and Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus.

    1920:
    Paul Frees, one of the most successful voice actors of all time, is born Solomon Hersh Frees in Chicago, Illinois. His Disney work includes Goofy's Freeway Troubles, The Absent-Minded Professor, the voice of Ludwig Von Drake for TV shows, and a number of voices for park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. (Frees is also the voice of both John and George in the 1960s cartoon series based on The Beatles and the Burgermeister in the 1970 TV special "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town.")

    2005:
    Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store on Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent to the historic El Capitan Theatre, begins serving the public the same day Herbie: Fully Loaded is generally released.
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    1963:
    At Disneyland, the Enchanted Tiki Room - the first attraction
    to feature Audio-Animatronics figures patented and first developed by WED Enterprises – opens.

    2004:
    Sam I Am starts the Disney History Thread on DisneyWorldTrivia.com

    2005:
    An official dedication for the Ward Kimball, Disneyland Railroad's newest engine, takes place.
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    1893:
    Roy Oliver Disney (older brother of Walt Disney) is born in Chicago, Illinois. He will be the middle of 5 children. (Roy will go on to serve as president of Walt Disney Productions from 1945 to 1968 and chairman of the board from 1964 until his death in 1971.)

    1904:
    Phil Harris, the voice behind many of Disney's animated characters - including Thomas O'Malley in The Aristocats and Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book - is born in Linton, Indiana. (He will begin his career in show business as a drummer in San Francisco before becoming the musical director for The Jack Benny Show in 1936.)

    1942:
    Actress Michele Lee - Miss Carole Bennett in Disney's The Love Bug - is born in Los Angeles, California.

    2006:
    The Disneyland Resort hosts a world premiere event for the new feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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    2005:
    The Disneyland Railroad's newest locomotive No. 5 Ward Kimball officially goes into service. It is named for the late Ward Kimball, Disney animator, musician, and railroad fan.
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    1909:
    Animator-director Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men") is born in Munich, Germany. As a child, his family will move to the U.S. and settle in California.

    2006:
    Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean officially re-opens to guests. 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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    June 27

    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. (He was also the voice of the senior angel in the 1946 holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life.)

    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.

    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.

    2006:
    Buena Vista Games, Inc. (the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company) releases handheld video games based on the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
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    June 28

    1932:
    Actor Pat Morita - the voice of the Emperor in Disney's 1998 feature Mulan - is born in Isleton, California. (Best known from The Karate Kid movies, TV fans may also remember him for his role as Arnold on ABC's Happy Days.)

    1999:
    At Disneyland, the Main Street Window is dedicated to the former Chairman of the Walt Disney Attractions, Di ck Nunis. (Receiving a window on Main Street is the highest honor any Cast Member can achieve.) Mr. Nunis and Mickey Mouse ride out from the gate beside the Mad Hatter in a little blue motorcar while the Disneyland Band plays Zip A Dee Do Dah.
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