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    January 27

    1892:
    Kay Kamen, the man behind the proliferation of Disney merchandise from 1933-1949, is born Herman Samuel Kamen in Baltimore, Maryland.

    1969:
    Comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt - the voice of Rémy in Disney/Pixar's 2007 Ratatouille - is born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He also supplies the voice for Professor Dementor in Disney Channel's Kim Possible.

    1996:
    The Walt Disney World Resort hosts the inaugural Indy 200 race in the new, state-of-the-art Walt Disney World Speedway. The race is put together by the Resort's new sports department and the Indy Racing League. Driver Buzz Calkins wins the event in 1:33:30.748.
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    January 28

    1939:
    Imagineer and Disney Legend Ralph Kent is born in New York. In 1965, he will design the first limited-edition Mickey Mouse watch for adults and starting in 1971 design souvenirs for Walt Disney World.

    1965:
    Disney's live-action feature film Those Calloways, starring Norman Tokar, Brian Keith, Vera Miles, and Ed Wynn is generally released.

    1988:
    Groundbreaking for the Dolphin Hotel and Swan Hotel complex begins in Disney World. Michael Graves of Princeton, New Jersey is the master architect behind these unique structures.
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    January 29

    1915:
    Author, storyman, illustrator and Disney Legend Bill Peet is born in Grandview, Indiana. He will join Disney in 1937 and work on such classics as 101 Dalmatians,The Sword in the Stone, Fantasia, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, and The Jungle Book.

    1920:
    Walt Disney spots an ad in the Kansas City Star calling for an artist at the Kansas City Slide Company. He applies on a whim and, to his surprise, is hired - at $40 a week.

    1959:
    Disney's 16th feature film Sleeping Beauty premieres at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles.
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    January 30

    1884:
    Vaudeville comic Eddie Collins - the performance model for Dopey in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - is born in New Jersey.

    1924:
    Author Lloyd Alexander is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His Chronicles of Prydain will be the inspiration for Disney's animated feature The Black Cauldron.

    1934:
    Disney Legend Bob Matheison is born in Portland, Oregon. He will act as director of operations for Disneyland and later vice president of the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

    1951:
    Singer-songwriter-drummer & Disney Legend Phil Collins is born in London, England. He's composed music for such Disney features as Brother Bear and Tarzan (for both screen & stage).
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    January 31

    1937:
    Actress Suzanne Pleshette, the voice of Zira in Disney's 1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, is born in New York City. She also appears in the live-action Disney comedies The Shaggy D.A., The Ugly Dachshund, and Blackbeard's Ghost.

    1971:
    Actress Minnie Driver, the voice of Jane Porter in Disney's Tarzan, is born in London, England.

    1981:
    Justin Timberlake, a member of Disney Channel's The All New Mickey Mouse Club is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

    1994:
    Epcot's CommuniCore East and West close.

    2008:
    Beginning this day - and continuing nearly every night throughout 2008 - a Year of a Million Dreams winner will be chosen randomly to spend a night inside Disneyland Park! Guests awarded this dream will stay inside a brand new, in-park lavish apartment originally designed for Walt Disney himself
    (formerly the Disney Gallery).
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    February 1

    1908:
    Baggy-trousered, banjo-strumming comedian Gene Sheldon (known for playing small parts in films and performing in pantomime on TV guest appearances) is born Eugene Hume in Columbus, Ohio. He will be cast by Disney as the mute sidekick/servant Bernardo on the 1957 hit television series Zorro. This will lead to major roles in such Disney features as Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With the Circus and Babes in Toyland.

    1954:
    Actor/musician Bill Mumy is born Charles William Mumy, Jr. in San Gabriel, California. He will go on to appear in Disney's 1969 Rascal, write music for Disney's Adventures in Wonderland, and do voice-over work for Disney's animated Buzz Lightyear: Star Command.

    1956:
    The Disneyland television series airs "A Day in the Life of Donald Duck," featuring Walt Disney, the Mouseketeers and Clarence Nash (the voice of Donald).

    1984:
    Actor Lee Thompson Young - star of Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson series - is born in Columbia, South Carolina.

    1989:
    Hollywood Pictures ,part of the Disney family, is created in order to help cope with the heavy load of movies that Touchstone Pictures is dealing with. Arachnophobia will be Hollywood Pictures' first release.

    2004:
    Immediately following the New England Patriots' 32-29 Super Bowl win over the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Tom Brady is captured on video exclaiming: "I'm going to Disney World!"
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    February 2

    1922:
    A young Walt Disney begins work at his own cartoon company called Laugh-O-gram Films, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. He will produce animated versions of 6 fairy tales, each lasting just one minute. Walt had felt that Kansas City theaters - which featured cartoons made by studios on the east coast - might be willing to buy some from a local company. He created a few and brought them to the Newman Theater. In order to clinch the deal, Walt calls them ... "Newman's Laugh-O-Grams."

    1933:
    Actor Tony Jay, the speaking & singing voice of Judge Frollo in the animated Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is born in London, England.

    1989:
    Shooting begins on Touchstone Pictures **** Tracy. Based on the comic strip character created by Chester Gould, this live-action feature will star Warren Beatty (who will also direct it) and Madonna.

    1992:
    Disney World's Dixie Landings Resort opens at 1251 Dixie Drive, Lake Buena Vista. This 2,048 unit resort, located in the Downtown Disney Resort Area, is themed after the Louisiana Countryside. It includes the Boatwright's Dining Hall restaurant and Fulton's General Store.
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    February 3

    1925:
    Actor John Fiedler, the voice of Piglet in many of Disney's Winnie the Pooh movies and TV programs, is born in Plattesville, Wisconsin.

    1930:
    Roy Disney signs a deal with M. George Borgfeldt Co. of New York to sell figurines of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Many will consider this the beginning of Disney merchandising.)

    1956:
    Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane, the voice of Timon in Disney's 1994 The Lion King and the voices of Spot & Scott in Disney's 2004 Teacher's Pet, is born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey. Lane is also the voice of Tom Morrow, the Audio-Animatronic host of Epcot's Innoventions.
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    February 4

    1889:
    Walter Catlett, the voice of J. Worthington Foulfellow in the 1940 classic Pinocchio, is born in San Francisco, California.

    1918:
    Voice actress Janet Waldo - one of the voices of the grandmother in Disney's Carousel of Progress - is born in Grandview, Washington.

    1922:
    Actor William Phipps, the voice of Prince Charming in the 1950 Cinderella, is born.
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    February 5

    1907:
    Novelist, scriptwriter and historian Samuel W. Taylor is born. His short story A Situation of Gravity will be the inspiration for Disney's 1961 live-action The Absent-Minded Professor.

    1919:
    Red Buttons, who appears in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon as Hoagy, is born in New York City.

    1934:
    The U.S. Patent Office grants a patent to the Ingersoll-Waterbury Clock Company, of Connecticut, for the first Mickey Mouse watch.

    1953:
    Disney's 14th animated film, Peter Pan (based on James M. Barrie's 1904 story) opens at the Roxy Theatre in New York City. The film features the voices of Bobby Driscoll (as the boy who won't grow up) and Kathryn Beaumont (as Wendy Darling). This will be the final Disney animated feature released through RKO.

    1992:
    Disney's Beauty and the Beast is nominated for 6 Academy Awards. Among the nominations is one for Best Picture. It is the first time in the history of the Motion Picture Academy that an animated feature is nominated in this category.
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    February 6

    1859:
    Elias Disney (the future father of Walt Disney) is born to Kepple Disney II and Mary Richardson in Bluevale, Ontario, Canada.

    1911:
    The 40th U.S. president, Ronald Reagan is born in Tampico, Illinois. Besides being immortalized in Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents attraction, Reagan (at the time an actor) took part in Disneyland's opening day television broadcast in July 1955.

    1914:
    Voice actor/singer Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice behind many of Disney's animated characters ( the Knight in The Sword in the Stone, and the Captain in One Hundred and One Dalmatians) is born in Norfolk, Nebraska.

    1956:
    Actor-musician Jon Walmsley is born in Lancashire, England. At age 12 he will supply the voice to Christopher Robin in Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

    1957:
    Actress Kathy Najimy, who portrayed Dr. Feemis in Walt Disney World's Alien Encounter attraction, is born in San Diego, California.
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    February 7

    1940:
    Disney's animated feature film, Pinocchio (based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi) premieres at the Central Theatre in New York City. It has cost a staggering $2.6 million to make.

    1956:
    Keller's Jungle Killers, a circus act in the Mickey Mouse Club Circus tent, opens in Disneyland.

    2001:
    Die-hard Disney fans begin to line up at 5 p.m. Wednesday, 15 hours before the 8 a.m. Thursday opening of Disney's California Adventure.
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    February 8

    1828:
    Writer Jules Verne, known for such classic novels as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and From Earth to the Moon, is born Jules Gabriel Verne in Nantes, France. His depictions of fantastic technological advances, including space travel and television, will help create the genre of science fiction and influence many - including Walt Disney.

    1886:
    Actor Charles Ruggles is born in Los Angeles, California. His Disney credits include Follow Me, Boys!, The Ugly Dachshund, and Son of Flubber.

    1932:
    Composer John Williams, responsible for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones music used in Disney-MGM Studios and Disneyland Paris, is born in New York.

    1956:
    The Disneyland television series presents "Survival in Nature," narrated by Winston Hibler.

    1974:
    Ringo Starr's single "You're 16" is released. The tune is written by Richard and Robert Sherman (of Disney songwriting fame).
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    February 9

    1940:
    Disney's animated feature film, Pinocchio opens in Los Angeles theaters. Actor Dickie Jones supplies the voice of the living puppet.

    1986:
    Magic Journeys, located in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination Pavilion, closes.
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    February 10

    1870:
    The California city of Anaheim is incorporated. Its name is a blend of "Ana" (after the Santa Ana River) and "heim" (home in German).

    1929:
    Legendary film composer Jerry Goldsmith - whose musical scores can beheard in the Disney film attraction Soarin' Over California and the 1998 animated feature Mulan - is born in Los Angeles, California.

    1934:
    Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Grasshopper and the Ants is released. The grasshopper is voiced by Pinto Colvig (also the voice of Goofy).

    Actor Barrie Ingham, the voice of Basil of Baker Street for Disney's 1986 animated The Great Mouse Detective, is born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

    1951:
    Robert Iger is born in Oceanside, New York. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College, Iger will begin his career in entertainment media at the American Broadcasting Company, where he will work from 1974 to 1999. In 2005 he will be named President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
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