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    September 11

    1892:
    Pinto Colvig is born in Jacksonville, Oregon. He will go on to lend his voice to such classic Disney characters as Goofy, Pluto, and Sleepy & Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    1957:
    The Mellomen (a vocal group featuring Thurl Ravenscroft) appear on the Disneyland television series opener for the 4th season.

    Oscar-winning animator Brad Bird is born in Kalispell, Montana. He is best known for creating Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles.

    1999:
    Our fearless leader, Lou, marries his Jasmine.
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    September 12

    1894:
    Billy Gilbert, the voice of Sneezy in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

    1985:
    Steve Jobs announces he is leaving Apple, a computer company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak. (Jobs will go on to create Pixar Animation Studios.)

    2005:
    After six years of planning and building costs of $1.8 billion, Hong Kong Disneyland has its grand opening. It is Disney's 5th vacation resort and 11th theme park
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    September 13

    1979:
    Animator Don Bluth quits Disney and takes a third of the top artists with him. Bluth will become Disney's most serious rival since Max Fleischer.

    2005:
    Pooh's Heffalump Halloween (an all-new original movie) is released direct to DVD and VHS.
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    September 14

    1935:
    Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse since 1985, is born in California.

    1964:
    At the White House, U.S. President Johnson presents Walt Disney with the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil honor. Recipients of the medal are those who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interest of the United States or to world peace, or those who have made a significant public or private accomplishment.

    1980:
    The Mickey Mouse Revue, an attraction located in Walt Disney World's Fantasyland Theater, closes after nearly 9 years in operation.
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    [b]September 15

    1904:
    Tom Conway, the narrator of Disney's 1953 classic film
    Peter Pan, is born in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    1955:
    Bruce Reitherman, the voice of Christopher Robin in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Mowgli in The Jungle Book, is born in Burbank, California. He is the son of Disney film director (and one of Walt's Nine Old Men) Wolfgang Reitherman.

    2006:
    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held for the first time this season at Walt Disney World.
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    September 16

    1933:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Pied Piper is released.

    1984:
    The Restaurant el Marrakesh opens in the Morocco Pavilion at EPCOT.

    2005:
    Marceline, Missouri, boyhood home of Walt Disney, begin their 2-day Walt Disney’s Hometown Toonfest event.

    2006:
    Disney World's Cinderellabration gives its final performance.

    "Handy Manny," a new animated series for preschoolers, debuts on Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney. Actor Wilmer Valderrama (best known from the hit series That 70's Show) stars in the title role of Manny Garcia, a cheerful handyman.
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    September 17

    1927:
    Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit film Rickety Gin is shipped to New York distributor M. Winkler

    1948:
    Actor John Ritter is born in Burbank, California. He appears in the 1971 Disney live-action film The Barefoot Executive, the 1989 TV special The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening and the 2002 TV special Walt Disney World Christmas Parade.
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    September 18

    1917:
    Versatile voice actress June Foray (famously known as the voice of Rocket J. "Rocky" Squirrel) is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her Disney credits include the sounds of Lucifer the cat in Cinderella, also a voice in the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, as the wife of the man getting dunked!

    1928:
    Walt Disney's "Mickey Mouse" trademark application is granted.

    1939:
    Actor and master of sketch comedy Fred Willard, the voice of Melvin in the 2005 animated feature Chicken Little, is born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

    2005:
    Actress Brooke Tansley offers her final performance as Belle in Disney's Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast. She has played Belle since September 14, 2004.
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    September 19

    1928:
    Actor Adam West, the voice of Ace in the 2005 animated feature Chicken Little, is born in Walla Walla, Washington.

    1948:
    Actor Jeremy Irons, the narrator for Epcot's Spaceship Earth and the voice of H.G. Wells for The Timekeeper attraction film From Time to Time, is born in Cowes (Isle of Wight), England.

    2006:
    Sarah Uriarte Berry and Donny Osmond join the cast of Disney's Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast. Berry returns to the role of Belle as Osmond steps into the part of Gaston for the first time.
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    September 20

    2003:
    A "Sneak Peek" at the new Mickey's PhilharMagic takes place for Annual and Premium Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

    2005:
    Ashley Brown, formerly featured in the recent tour of Disney's On the Record, joins the Broadway company of Beauty and the Beast. She is the 15th actress to portray Belle in the long-running Disney hit.
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    September 21

    1947:
    Walt Disney appears on a live radio broadcast of The Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show. Walt promotes his newest picture, Fun and Fancy Free (which features Bergen as himself).

    1996:
    IllumiNations 25 - a new show to celebrate Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary - debuts at Epcot

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    September 22

    1955:
    The Disney short Breezy Bear, featuring Donald Duck and Humphrey the Bear, is released.

    1961:
    Nurse-turned-actress Bonnie Hunt - the voices of Sally in the 2006
    Cars, Flint in the 2001 Monsters Inc., and Rosie in the 1999 A Bug's Life - is born in Chicago, Illinois.

    2005:
    The 2006 Walt Disney Studios Showcase takes place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. The invitation only, all-day event is to show studio partners (such as theater owners and movie distributors) what Disney is planning for the new year. Hosted by D ick Cook (chairman of The Walt Disney Studios), special guests performing include Elton John and in attendance is Roy Disney.
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    September 23

    1920:
    Actor Mickey Rooney, the voices of Sparky in the 2001 animated release Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps' Adventure, and Adult Tod in the 1981 The Fox and the Hound, is born in Brooklyn, New York. He also appears in the 1977 live action/animated musical Pete's Dragon, as Lampie.

    1949:
    Disney's Goofy cartoon Goofy Gymnastics is released.

    1959:
    Actor Jason Alexander, the voice of Hugo in Disney's 1996 release The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as in TV's House of Mouse, is born in Newark, New Jersey.

    1961:
    Actress Elizabeth Peña, the voice of Mirage in the 2004 Disney-Pixar animated feature The Incredibles, is born in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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    September 24

    1936:
    Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and the voice of Kermit the Frog, is born James Maury Henson in Greenville, Mississippi. Henson will first name his puppets, "Muppets," in 1954 while working as a producer of the Washington, D.C. TV show, Sam and Friends.

    1948:
    Actor and Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman is born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His Disney credits include the voice of SIR for Disney World's Alien Encounter (1992-1996), the 1990 TV series Tale Spin and the 1987 animated film The Brave Little Toaster.

    1973:
    Construction begins on a one story pavilion to house General Electric's Carousel of Progress (an attraction shipped in from Disneyland) in Disney World's Tomorrowland.

    2006:
    The cruise ship Disney Wonder makes its inaugural visit to St. Kitts and Nevis. The 2,600 passenger capacity vessel docks at Port Zante at 7:00 a.m., its fifth stop on an eleven night South Caribbean cruise.
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    September 25

    1931:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Fishin' Around is released.

    1963:
    Actor Tate Donovan, the voice of Disney's Hercules, is born in New Jersey.

    Beach Party, starring original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and teen idol Frankie Avalon, debuts. The film is the first of several such frothy beach films the popular duo will star in.

    2004:
    In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Jeanne - which is expected to come ashore late in the evening or early the following day - Walt Disney World closes its theme parks at 7 pm.
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