According to today's issue of Billboard Magazine, the top 10 video rentals in the
USA include Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (at number 5) and
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in The House of Mouse (at the number 7 spot).
Hollywood character actor Otis Harlan is born in Zanesville, Ohio.
He supplied the voice for Happy in Disney's classic 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The Disneyland television series airs the short film "Beaver Valley" and
footage from the upcoming adventure "The African Lion" (shot by
famous animal photographer Alfred G. Millote).
Today is Circus Day on the ABC-TV series Mickey Mouse Club.
Attendance at Walt Disney World in Florida hits a record 74,597...
forcing the Magic Kingdom to close to outside visitors for 4 hours.
Donny Osmond appears at Disney Outfitters - a shop in Disney's Animal
Kingdom. Osmond signs copies of Disney's Mulan DVD and Soundtrack (for which he is the singing
voice of Shang) and his latest CD "What I Meant to Say" (his 54th studio album).
Time magazine features a review of Disney's recently released animated feature Dumbo. The report includes the review and a paragraph focusing on animator's Bill Tytla's work.
Vladimir Peter Tytla (known as "Bill" Tytla), one of the original Disney animators and
considered by many to be the best character animator working during The Golden
Age of Hollywood animation, passes away at age 64. Best known for animating Grumpy in Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs and Chernabog in the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia, Tytla also
worked for Terrytoons and Paramount Pictures. His last work on a feature film with full personality animation
was The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), a comedy mixing live action and animation.
The 7th of 8 installments titled "My Dad, Walt Disney," by Diane Disney Miller a told
to Pete Martin (a "celebrity friendly" writer) appears in the Saturday Evening Post.
It would take more the 20 million 12 ounce cans of
Coca-Cola to fill one of the humongous Coke cups
at the Home-Run
Hotel in Disney's
Andrew Johnson, the seventeenth United States President,
is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Johnson was the first vice president to
succeed to the presidency upon the assassination of a president (Abraham Lincoln in 1865)
and the third vice president to become a president upon the death of a sitting president.
Visit him and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Country music singer Jessica Andrews is born in Huntingdon, Tennessee.
In 2008 she was the very first artist to sign with Carolwood Records, a Nashville-based sister label to
the Disney-owned Lyric Street Records.
An amazing 69,458 guests visit Disney World on this day!
"The Disneyland concept kept growing and growing and it finally ended up where I felt I needed two-three
hundred acres. So, I wanted it in the Southern California area, there were certain things that I felt that I
needed, such as flat land, because I wanted to make my own hills. I didn't want it near the ocean, I wanted it
sort of inland, so I had a survey group go out and hunt for areas that might be useful."
"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide." -Andrew Johnson
"I met John Lennon at Disney World while working as a monorail operator. He, Julian and May Pang
rode in the front of the monorail on two different occasions with me. I allowed him and Julian to operate the train. The second day John
came out to the station and actually ask if I was working. He and Julian waited until I arrived in the train and again rode with me and
drove the train. May Pang took a lot of pictures that day. As they left the train that day John ask if I would like to take some pictures and
waited while I retrieved a camera. I have a great 8×10 of John Lennon and I together." -Cast Member Hal East
"He finally picked up his pen and, in the unlikely backdrop of the Polynesian Village Hotel at Disney World, ended the greatest rock 'n' roll band in history by simply scrawling John Lennon at the bottom
of the page." -May Pang
Disney's Hollywood Pictures releases Mr. Holland's Opus in Los Angeles,
California. Starring Richard Dreyfuss as Glenn Holland, a musician and composer who takes a teaching
job to pay the rent while trying to compose one memorable piece of music to make him famous, the film will
be generally released in January.
It is widely believed that John Lennon signs the paperwork that
officially dissolves The Beatles while staying at Disney World's
Polynesian Village Resort. He, along with his son Julian and friend May Pang
are spending the Christmas holiday in Florida. Although The Beatles had stopped
existing as a band in 1970, it has taken some 4 years to draw up legal paperwork to
divide their massive earnings. The voluminous documents have been brought down to
Florida for Lennon to approve ... as the other 3 Beatles have already signed.
Disneyland Resort cast member Oscar Martinez celebrates his 55th anniversary with
the resort! Martinez, a cook at Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A, began his career at Disneyland as a
busboy at Fantasyland I and II. Over the last half-century, he has trained thousands of cast members and is the
first Walt Disney Parks & Resorts cast member to achieve a 55-year milestone. Martinez is also the first to receive
the newly created 55-year Snow White-themed service award.
Animator Duncan Marjoribanks is born in Toronto, Canada. Personally recommended by
Brad Bird to Disney feature director John Musker in 1987, Marjoribanks became the first animator to join the
production of The Little Mermaid. His credits since then have included The Rescuers Down Under, Aladdin
Actor Jonathan "Jon" Voight is born in Yonkers, New York. He played Patrick Gates in
both the 2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets and 2004 National Treasure, and Mr. Sir in the 2003 Holes.
Actress Elizabeth McGovern visits Walt Disney World. Currently enjoying success on the series Downton Abbey, she stops for a photo at Epcot that parodies the hit show. McGovern (who portrays Cora Crawley) poses with Disney cast members in front of Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion, which is meant to represent Highclere Castle, the historical building used in Downton Abbey.