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    February 15

    1899:
    Lillian Marie Bounds (the wife of Walt Disney for 41 years) is born in Spalding, Idaho.

    1930:
    Disney's Silly Symphony black-and-white cartoon Autumn (directed by Ub Iwerks) is released.

    1950:
    Disney's 12th animated feature film Cinderella is released. Ilene Woods supplies the voice for Cinderella and Eleanor Audley the voice of Lady Tremaine.

    2006:
    Mount Everest arrives in New York's Times Square as part of a massive Disney publicity stunt to promote Expedition Adventure, a new thrill ride soon to open at Animal Kingdom in Florida. A pair of giant billboards depict Mount Everest, a runaway train, and the mysterious villain Yeti.
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    February 16

    1953:
    Newsweek features an article on the Disney studios and their latest hit Peter Pan.

    1960:
    Annette Funicello performs "O Dio Mio" on TV's American Bandstand.

    1991:
    The stage show "D ick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross"
    gives its final performance at the Disney-MGM Studios.

    2007:
    Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's live-action feature Bridge to Terabithia, based on the Katherine Paterson novel, is released.
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    February 17

    1934:
    Actor-comic Barry Humphries, the voice of Bruce in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Victoria, Australia.

    1981:
    Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the voice of Jim Hawkins in the 2002 Disney feature Treasure Planet, is born in Los Angeles, California.

    1983:
    Disney's Tron is nominated for 2 Academy Awards.
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    February 18

    1939:
    Disney's animated commercial Mickey Surprise Party is released. The commercial short is made for the National Biscuit Company and will be shown at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

    2000:
    A new fireworks show entitled "Believe ... There's Magic in the Stars," officially debuts at Disneyland. It has been created especially for the park's 45th anniversary.

    2004:
    The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company announces that they have entered into an agreement under which Disney will acquire the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties from Henson.
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    February 19

    1941:
    Disney's Technicolor feature Fantasia opens in Chicago, Illinois.

    1952:
    The Disney short Hello Aloha is released by RKO. Directed by Jack Kinney, this cartoon finds Goofy living out the working-man's dream of walking away from his job and moving to a tropical island paradise.

    1967:
    An article titled "Florida's Disney World Aims at '70 Opening"
    by C. E. Wright appears in the Sunday New York Times.

    2007:
    Engineers Week, an event to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to our quality of life and the importance of math, science and technical literacy, begins at Epcot's Innoventions West on this President's Day.
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    February 20

    1961:
    Disney's animated short Aquamania, featuring Goofy, is released.

    1986:
    WED Enterprises, first created in December 1952 to oversee the design of Disneyland, is renamed Walt Disney Imagineering.
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    February 21

    2001:
    Disney wins Grammy Awards for Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida" (Best Musical Show Album) and "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2, written by Randy Newman and performed by Sarah McLachlan (Best Song Written For a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category).

    Also Riders In The Sky are presented with a Grammy for their album "Woody's Roundup Featuring Riders In The Sky" (a Walt Disney Records release).
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    February 22

    1996:
    Disney Online launches Disney.com, a Web site designed to promote a wide range of Disney products on the Internet.
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    February 23

    1935:
    Disney's Mickey Mouse short The Band Concert is released at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City (the first Mickey cartoon to be shown at the Music Hall). The first Mickey cartoon in Technicolor, it is directed by Wilfred Jackson, who will go on to direct such Disney classics as Peter Pan.

    2000:
    British rocker Phil Collins wins a Grammy for his work on Disney's Tarzan soundtrack.
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    February 25

    1939:
    One of the most prominent and influential architects of the first half of 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright visits the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood for an informal discussion with Walt's staff.
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    February 24

    1943:
    Master Disney animator Vladimir "Bill" Tytla resigns from the Disney Studios. His perception that he is unwelcomed at the Studio, has been given less challenging work, his wife's three-year long illness with tuberculosis, and a desire to live on his Connecticut farm has led him to this decision.


    On a personal note, Bill's farm is located about 7 miles from where I live in CT. Sadly his wife passed away this past December
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    February 26

    1941:
    Walt Disney sends an inter-office communication stating that "Under present conditions, the laying out of cash for equipment is out of line. Our situation is plenty tough and after returning from a session with the bankers we have to stretch things out as far as we can and we still have to cut further." Disney is being forced to focus on cutbacks.

    1998:
    The All Star Cafe (a 240-seat restaurant) opens at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.
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    February 27

    1940:
    Actor Bill Hunter, the voice of the Dentist in the 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Australia.

    1959:
    The TV series Walt Disney Presents airs "The Adventures of Chip 'N Dale."

    2005:
    At the 77th annual Academy Awards, Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles wins Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Michael Silvers and and Randy Thorn win Oscars for Achievemnent in Sound Editing for The Incredibles.

    2006:
    Hong Kong Disneyland announces plans to add 3 new attractions. The Tomorrowland expansion will include Autopia, Stitch Encounter, and the UFO Zone.
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    February 28

    1948:
    Actress-singer Bernadette Peters, the voice of Angelique in
    Disney's Beauty and the Beast, is born Bernadette Lazarra
    in Ozone Park, Queens, New York.

    2004:
    The Earl of Sandwich Shop opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. The shop's name honors British naval officer John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who is credited with inventing the sandwich in 1762.

    2006:
    Disney releases Lady and the Tramp on a 2-disc DVD (for the first time) to commemorate the animated feature's 50th anniversary.
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    March 1

    1930:
    Disney animator & techincal genius Ub Iwerks, the first animator of Mickey Mouse, officially leaves Disney to set up his own animation studio. (His character Flip the Frog will eventually fail and he will later return to Disney.)

    1971:
    Actor Jack Davenport - known for his role of Norrington 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 Suffolk, England.

    2005:
    Disney releases its 1942 classic Bambi for the first time on a special 2-disc DVD. The original soundtrack is also released on CD.
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