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    July 14

    1928:
    Actress Nancy Olson - who appears in a number of popular live-action Disney films, including Pollyanna, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber - is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    1946:
    Original Mouseketeer - and the youngest male to audition to be a Mouseketeer - Carl "Cubby" O'Brien is born in Burbank, California. (He will later become a professional drummer performing with acts like The Carpenters, Debbie Reynolds, and Andy Williams and on the hit TV variety series The Carol Burnett Show.)

    2005:
    Disneyland receives the coveted Award of Excellence star, adjacent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in recogntion of its 50th anniversary. The dedication takes place on Hollywood Blvd. in front of the El Capitan Theatre.
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    2005:
    Honorary Cruise Directors Christy Carlson Romano (the voice of Kim Possible) and Raven Symone (of That's So Raven) take part in an "Evening of Magic" aboard the Disney Magic. The event commemorates the 75th anniversary of The Children's Miracle Network.
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    1912:
    Radio-TV host Art Linkletter is born in Canada. Exactly 43 years later he will take part in the televised grand opening of Disneyland.

    1917:
    Comedienne Phyllis Diller - the voice of The Queen in the 1998 Disney/Pixar A Bug's Life - is born in Missouri.

    1929:
    Actress Helene Stanley - the live-action model for Disney's 1950 Cinderella & 1959 Sleeping Beauty - is born in Gary, Indiana.

    1955:
    Television crews, Walt Disney, Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan, Bob Cummings, the Mouseketeers, Thurl Ravenscroft, California Governor Goodwin J. Knight and over 28,000 guests witness the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Broadcast on ABC, it is the biggest live telecast to date.

    2005:
    At 10:00 a.m., Disneyland hosts a ceremony to celebrate the park's 50th anniversary. Art Linkletter (who helped host the opening in 1955), Bob Iger, Michael Eisner, California Governer Arnold Schwarzenegger and Diane Disney Miller (Walt's eldest daughter) are in attendance. At exactly 4:45 in the afternoon, Walt Disney's Disneyland opening day dedication speech is shown on Jumbotrons around the park.
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    1913:
    Marvin Miller, the narrator of Disney's 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Legendary funnyman Red Skelton is born in Vincennes, Indiana. He will appear on the 1976 TV special Monsanto Night Presents Walt Disney's America on Parade.

    1955:
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    Disneyland in Anaheim, California first opens to the general public at 10 a.m. on this humid day with admission costing $1.

    Dave MacPherson, a 22-year-old college student from Long Beach, is the first paying guest into the new park (he has waited on line all night to purchase the first ticket). MacPherson will win lifetime passes (good for any three persons and himself) to the Anaheim park (and eventually the Florida and France theme parks as well).

    1962:
    Actor Lee Arenberg - known for his role of Pintel 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 Palo Alto, California.

    1967:
    Actor Vin Diesel, the star of Disney's 2005 comedy The Pacifier, is born in New York City.
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    1919:
    Dal McKennon - the voice of Benjamin Franklin in Disney's American Adventure (located in Epcot) and the narrator of the now-retired Disneyland attraction Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland - is born in Oregon. His Disney credits also include the voice of the animated bear in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and appearances in the films Son of Flubber, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and The Cat from Outer Space.

    1942:
    Character actor & Disney voice star Sterling Holloway enlists in the U.S. Army.
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    1890:
    Verna Felton, the voice of the Fairy Godmother in Disney's Cinderella and the Queen of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland, is born in Salinas, California.

    1985:
    Virgil Waytes, Jr. becomes the 200,000,000th guest at Walt Disney World!


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    1924:
    Veteran actor Don Knotts is born Jesse Donald Knotts in Morgantown, West Virginia. He will go on to appear in Disney's 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang, the 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, and the 1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Knotts is also the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the animated 2005 Chicken Little.

    1952:
    Comedian-actor Robin Williams, the voice of the Blue Genie of the Lamp in Disney's 1992 Aladdin and the voice of Timekeeper in the 1992 From Time to Time (which played in the Walt Disney World attraction The Timekeeper) is born in Chicago, Illinois. He also starred in Disney's 1997 live-action feature Flubber.

    2005:
    At Tokyo DisneySea Raging Spirits opens in the Lost River Delta section of the park.
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    July 22

    1939:
    Actor Terence Stamp - who portrays Ramsley in Disney's 2003
    The Haunted Mansion - is born in London, England.

    1943:
    Bobby Sherman, singer-actor turned EMT officer for the L.A. Police Department, is born in California. He will perform at Disney-MGM Studios as part of The Teen Idols tour in 1998.

    1947:
    Actor-writer-director Albert Brooks, the voice of Marlin
    in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Beverly Hills, California.

    1949:
    Academy Award-winning songwriter Alan Menken, known for his work in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, is born in New Rochelle, New York.

    1955:
    Actor Willem Dafoe, the voice of Gill in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Appleton, Wisconsin.

    1967:
    Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas in Disney's 1995 animated film, is born in Anchorage, Alaska.
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    1994:
    the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction opens on Sunset Boulevard in Disney World's Disney-MGM Studio.
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    July 23

    1908:
    Actor Karl Swenson, the voice of Merlin in Disney's 1963 release
    The Sword in the Stone, is born in Brooklyn, New York.

    1931:
    Architect Arata Isozaki - the designer of the Team Disney Building in Orlando, Florida - is born in Japan. The building's oddly looped gateway suggests a giant pair of Mickey ears!

    1951:
    Actress Edie McClurg, the voices of Minny in the 2006 Cars and Carlotta in the 1989 classic The Little Mermaid, is born in Kansas City, Missouri. McClurg's Disney credits also include Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas, Home on the Range, Air Bud: Spike's Back, and A Bug's Life.

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    July 24

    1949:
    Comedic actor Michael Richards, who appears on the 1994 TV special The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic, is born in Los Angeles, California.

    1951:
    Actress Lynda Carter, Principal Powers of Disney's 2005 Sky High, is born in Phoenix, Arizona.

    1985:
    Walt Disney's 25th animated feature The Black Cauldron (based loosely on the first two volumes of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain) premieres in U.S. theaters. This film was 12 years in the making, at the cost of over $25 million. It is the first Disney animated movie to get a PG rating and the first animated movie to ever use 3-D graphics.

    2005:
    The premiere of Disney's live-action feature Sky High takes
    place at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, California.
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    1894:
    Legendary actor Walter Brennan, who appears in the live-action Disney films The Gnome-Mobile (1967) and Those Calloways (1965), is born in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

    1917:
    Writer/producer Arthur Alsberg is born in New York City. His Disney credits include Hot Lead & Cold Feet, Gus, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, and No Deposit, No Return.

    1935:
    Actress Barbara Harris - the mother in Disney's 1976 version of Freaky Friday - is born in Evanston, Illinois.

    1937:
    Paul Collins - the voice of John in the 1950 Disney classic Peter Pan - is born in London, England.
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    1921:
    Writer, humorist, and actor Jean Shepherd - the voice of the Father in Disney's Carousel of Progress attraction - is born in South Chicago, Illinois.

    1959:
    Actor Kevin Spacey, who supplies the voice of Hopper in Disney/ Pixar's 1998 A Bug's Life, is born in South Orange, New Jersey.
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    1916:
    Actor Keenan Wynn (son of legendary comic Ed Wynn) whose Disney credits include the 1976 The Shaggy D.A., the 1974 Herbie Rides Again, the 1961 The Absent Minded Professor, and the 1963 Son of Flubber is born in New York City.

    1962:
    The Firehouse Five Plus Two (a spare-time musical group made up of writers, animators, producers and directors at the Walt Disney Studios) are recorded live at The Golden Horseshoe in Disneyland. Their performance the following day will also be recorded and eventually be released on Good Time Jazz Records.

    2006:
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return for their fourth year of training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The first official day of practice is scheduled for the following day.
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    July 28

    1940:
    Voice actor Philip Proctor, who can be heard in such animated features as Monsters, Inc., Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Treasure Planet, and The Lion King is born in Goshen, Indiana.

    1951:
    Walt Disney's 13th animated film Alice in Wonderland is released in U.S. theaters by RKO Radio Pictures. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice, will later narrate the Alice attraction at Disneyland. The film's musical score, written by Oliver Wallace, will be nominated for an Academy Award.
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