It is believed by most historians that author and journalist
Joel Chandler Harris is born near Eatonton, Georgia.
(Although some records show he may have been born December 9 and/or in the year 1845.) Harris is
 best remembered for his collection of Uncle Remus stories. The tales of Uncle Remus have been
 translated into 20 languages and immortalized on film (in 1946) by Walt Disney in Song of the South.
Herbert Arthur Disney (Walt's brother and the oldest child of 
Flora and Elias Disney) is born in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Director/producer Richard Fleischer (a 2003 Disney Legend) is born
 in Brooklyn, New York. Son of animator/producer Max Fleischer, Richard served as
the director of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one of Disney’s most ambitious live-action
 films.  Legend has it that he asked approval from his famous father Max to work for Disney
 (as Fleischer and Disney had been bitter rivals in the early days of motion pictures.) After
 the enormous success of 20,000 Leagues, Richard went on to direct such classic features
 as Fantastic Voyage, Dr. DolittleTora! Tora! Tora! and Soylent Green.
Actor James MacArthur is born in Los Angeles, California. Adopted as an infant by playwright
 Charles MacArthur and actress Helen Hayes, he grew up in Nyack, New York. During summer breaks from
 Harvard University, where he studied history, MacArthur made The Light in the Forest and Third Man on the
 Mountain for Walt Disney. Deciding to make acting his full-time career, he left Harvard in his sophomore year and
 appeared in two more Disney films, Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson (which was followed by a 12-year run
 on the hit television series Hawaii Five-O portraying Danny "Danno" Williams).
The day after the Pearl Harbor bombing, the U.S. Army has finished setting up
 camp at Walt Disney's Burbank studio for the repair of military vehicles and
 antiaircraft guns, and use as a primary defense station to guard the nearby
 Lockheed plant against possible air attacks. (Soon one-third of Walt's animators will be drafted.)
 That evening, Walt receives a call from a navy official offering the studio a contract for twenty films on aircraft
 and warship identification.
The Disney short Donald's Off Day is released. It is 
the first short directed by animator Jack Hannah.
The Disneyland television series airs episode 7 "Operation Undersea," a behind-
the-scenes look at the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which will hit theaters
 December 23(This episode will win an Emmy for Best Individual Program of the Year.)
Cartoonist Roy Williams (the big "Moose-keteer") is joined by actress Dani 
Crayne at the opening of the Christmas Seal booth at the corner of Hollywood 
and Vine in Hollywood, California.

Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Circus Day.
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of "Pollyanna."
Disney/ABC Cable Networks announced plans to launch Toon Disney, a new 
24-hour basic cable network featuring the company's vast library of animated television programming. It will hit the air in April 1998.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney World is moving ahead with plans to
 develop one of its largest-ever resorts. The 5,760-room economy-style resort,
 spread across 20 buildings near Disney-MGM Studios, is still unnamed. (It will
 eventually be called the Pop Century Resort.)

Robert and Richard Sherman - the songwriting team that have created some of the
 most well-recognized Disney music - appear at Disneyland. The brothers take part in a rare
 informal presentation at the Team Disney Anaheim Auditorium for Cast Members only.
DISNEY LIVE! WINNIE THE POOH begins a special month-long holiday engagement at New York City's legendary Beacon Theatre.

Disney announces that its next animated release will be a Peter Pan prequel titled Peter and the Starcatchers (based on the 2004 children's
book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry).
It is reported that MarketWatch has named Robert Iger of Disney as the CEO of the
 Year for 2006, thanks in part to his commitment to innovation within the
 entertainment industry.

Strong winds force a full closure of Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris!

Disney Channel debuts "Dinner Guest," the 25th episode of Life with Derek.

Touchstone Pictures releases Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson. Apocalypto depicts the
 journey of a Mesoamerican tribesman who must escape human sacrifice and rescue his family after the capture
 and destruction of his village.
An evening story meeting takes place at Disney Studio's Projection Room #4 to 
once again discuss the personalities and characteristics of Snow White's dwarfs.
The fourth of eight installments titled "My Dad, Walt Disney," by Diane Disney 
Miller as told to Pete Martin (a "celebrity friendly" writer) appears in the 
Saturday Evening Post.

A whopping 800,000 watts of
electricity are used along
Hollywood Studio's 760-foot-long
Residential Street, Washington
Square backlot and New York
Street for the Osborne Family
Spectacle of Lights!
Disney's first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released in Italy.
Conductor & film composer Carl Edouarde passes away. 
He was the conductor of the orchestra for Steamboat Willie.
International recording artist Josh Groban hosts BBC Radio 2 Celebrates the Music
of Disney held live at London's Lyceum Theatre. The concert, which is recorded for a December 
26 broadcast, features the 70-piece BBC Concert Orchestra performing Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award-winning music spanning over 65 years of the Disney songbook. Broadway and West End performers include Ashley Brown (Broadway's original Mary Poppins and a take-over Belle in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast), Tituss Burgess (original Broadway casts of The Little Mermaid), Kerry Butler (a Broadway Belle for Beauty and the Beast),
Heather Headley (Broadway's original Aida and Nala in The Lion King), Adam Pascal (original Broadway casts of Aida), and Drew Sarich (original Quasimodo in the stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame). 

This day's issue of TIME magazine features their annual 'Top 10 Everything' list for 2008. WALL-E is placed at the No. 1 spot in the 'Top 10 Movies' section.
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Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy Father of the Bride II starring Steve 
Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short, and Kimberly Williams. A sequel to the 1991 hit 
comedy Father of the Bride, it will be nominated for a Golden Globe. After George Banks has finally recovered from his daughter’s wedding, he receives a double shock: first his daughter announces that he is going to be a grandfather, and then his own wife announces that she also is pregnant!

"Well, my greatest reward, I think, is that I've been able to build this wonderful organization. I've been 
able to enjoy good health, and the way I feel today, I feel like I can still go on being part of this thing 
after forty some odd years of business, and also, to have the public appreciate and accept what I've done 
all these years. That, that is a great reward." -Walt Disney


"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was 
suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." 
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Film and television actor Dewey Martin is born in Katemcy, Texas. He portrayed Daniel 
Boone in Walt Disney's The Wonderful World of Color's 4-part television miniseries, which first aired in 1960. 
Martin was married to singer Peggy Lee (who wrote the music for Lady and the Tramp) for two years.
The computer animated television special Disney Prep & Landing, based on an idea 
by Chris Williams at Walt Disney Animation Studios, airs on ABC. Wayne, a Christmas elf 
voiced by Dave Foley, is part of an elite organization known as "Prep & Landing", whose job is to ready Santa's 
visit to millions of homes. But when his old partner gets the promotion that he wanted, a disappointed Wayne 
needs to be reminded the importance of being an elf. The voice cast includes Derek Richardson (as Lanny, an 
overly enthusiastic "Prep & Landing" rookie), Sarah Chalke (as Magee, the North Pole Christmas Eve Command 
Center Coordinator) and W. Morgan Sheppard (as Santa).
Disney announces it will build a Disney Vacation Club addition to Disney's Grand 
Floridian Resort & Spa, the highest-priced company-owned hotel at Walt Disney 
World. The project will feature approximately 147 time-share units in a separate structure next to the Grand 
Floridian's main building. At this time the new addition is expected to open in late 2013. 

Coach Nick Saban and the University of Alabama football team receive the 2011 
Disney Spirit Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards held at Walt 
Disney World. The Spirit Award, given by Disney Sports to an inspiring player or team annually, is being 
presented to this team because of its efforts to aid and rebuild their community after the events of last April (when 
devastating tornados struck Alabama). The team is on its way to New Orleans to compete in the BCS National 
Disneyland Service Awards Banquet is held in the Embassy Room of the Disneyland Hotel. The special evening (which includes dinner & dancing) honors over 100 Disneyland Cast Members.
Disneyland Paris receives more than four inches of snow, marking their highest
 snowfall in 25 years! The heaviest single-day snow in Paris, France since 1987, the weather disrupts
 traffic and forces the closure of the Eiffel Tower. Disneyland Paris remains open but all outdoor entertainment
 and parades are cancelled with some ride operation disrupted.
Actress Aria Noelle Curzon is born in California. She provided the voice for
Theresa 'Cornchip Girl' LaMaise for Disney's TV series Recess.
December 8
The million-light display made 
its debut at Disney-MGM 
Studios in 1995.
Aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator, John Glenn passes away at
age 95 in his home state of Ohio. The first American to orbit the earth, he was one of the "Mercury
Seven" group of military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA to become America's first astronauts. Glenn's
connection with Disney began in 1962 when he appeared on an episode of Meet Me at Disneyland (just a few
months after making his first historic space flight). Glenn, along with the other Mercury astronauts, took part in a
ceremony for Disneyland's Space Mountain in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded The Walt Disney Company's
 "Frank G. Wells Award" at Disney's American Teacher Awards in Los Angeles.
The Last True National Hero
The musical fantasy feature film Into the Woods, co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures 
and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, holds its world premiere at 
the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. It is adapted from the 1986 Broadway musical of the same name.
As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt)
are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will
reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty. Into the Woods will be generally released December 25.
Actor Slim Pickens passes away at age 64 in Modesto, California. A rodeo 
performer and film and television actor who epitomized the profane, tough, sardonic cowboy, Pickens' Disney film 
credits include The Great Locomotive ChaseNever a Dull MomentThe Apple Dumpling Gang and The Black Hole
He also appeared in two Disney TV serials - Swamp Fox and Daniel Boone. (Pickens is best remembered for his 
comic roles in the feature films Dr. Strangelove, 1941, and Blazing Saddles.)
Actress, writer, presenter and singer Teri Hatcher is born in Palo Alto, California.
Best known as Susan Mayer on the ABC-TV series Desperate Housewives (2004–12), she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, three Screen Actors Guild Awards (one as lead female actor and the other two as part of the best assemble), and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Hatcher also supplied the voice for Dottie in Planes (2013) and Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).