Josh Eberly, 25, of Rochester, Michigan, wins the 2006 Walt Disney
World Half Marathon in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 12 seconds. The Women’s Half is
won by Melissa White also of Rochester, Michigan, with a time of 1:18:34!
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon The Birthday Party, featuring the
voices of Walt Disney as Mickey and Marcellite Garner as Minnie, is
released. Virtually all of the early supporting Disney characters make an appearance at a
surprise party for Mickey.
The first issue of the magazine Topolino, featuring Mickey Mouse,
is published in Italy. Topolino means "little mouse."
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Building A Building is released. This short will be Mickey's second Academy Award nomination.
Disney's short The Pelican and the Snipe (originally to be included in
the feature The Three Caballeros) is released. Monte, a pelican who flies in his sleep, has to rescue his friend Vidi, a snipe, from a wartime bombing raid. The short is narrated by Sterling Holloway.
Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins (whose CD Return to Pooh Corner was certified
gold in 1994 and nominated for a Grammy) is born in Everett, Washington. In 2000,
Loggins contributed to The Tigger Movie soundtrack with his song "Your Heart Will Lead You Home," and
appeared on the television special Disneyland 2000: 45 Years of Magic. The 2009 direct-to-DVD film Tigger and
Pooh and A Musical Too features Loggins' song "Underneath the Same Sky." His latest CD All Join In was
released on Walt Disney Records in 2010. (Best known for a number of soft rock, adult contemporary, and movie
soundtrack hit singles, Loggins was originally a part of the duo Loggins and Messina.)
Actress Hallie Todd, Jo McGuire on Disney Channel's Lizzie
McGuire, is born in Los Angeles, California.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
airs part 1 of "The Silver Skates."
The Disney barbershop harmony group, The Dapper Dans appear
on the TV variety series Tony Orlando and Dawn.
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 1 of "Donovan's Kid,"
starring Darren McGavin, Mickey Rooney and Shelley Fabares.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid, a multi-media presentation, opens at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida (replacing Here Come the Muppets). Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a 17-minute show using a unique combination of special effects, film clips, live performances and innovative puppetry. Taking part in the opening ceremony are Walt Disney World Ambassador Dawn Brogan and Chief of Walt Disney Attractions Dick Nunis.
Chris Teague, a 31-year-old running shoe salesman from
Massachusetts, wins the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 38
seconds. The course proceeded through Animal Kingdom, Disney's Wild World of Sports, MGM Studios,
Disney's BoardWalk Resort and back to Epcot for the finish. Other winners on this day include:
Women’s Overall: Ilda A.Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2:46:40
Men’s Masters: David Collins, Boca Raton, Fla., 2:41:03
Women’s Masters: Ericz A.Szilagyi, Naples, Fla., 3:13:50
Men’s Chair: Saul Mendoza, Warm Springs, Ga., 1:51:04
Women’s Chair: Katherine Hunter, Orlando, Fla., 3:06:22
Men’s Half: Ronnie P. Holassie, Miami, Fla., 1:09:49
Women’s Half: Kim Pawelek, Jacksonville, Fla., 1:16:46
Men’s Half Chair: Joseph Dowling, Old Greenwich, Conn., 1:16:19
Women’s Half Chair: Shannon Schaffer, Orlando, Fla., 1:47:20
T.W. Smith, Jr., the owner of the Sun Rubber Company, and his designer Dietrich
Rempel introduce a protective Mickey Mouse gas mask for children. It has been one month
since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and fears of saboteurs and submarines attacks on the U.S. are high. A
critical need exists to protect the civilian population, especially children, from gas attacks. The design of the Mickey
Mouse Gas Mask is presented to Major General William N. Porter, Chief of the Chemical Warfare Service. Upon
approval, Sun Rubber produces sample masks for review. Other comic book character designs are to follow,
depending on the success of the Mickey Mouse mask.
Brazilian Adriano Bastos wins his fourth Walt Disney World Marathon title, becoming
the first runner ever in the event's 14-year history to win four races and sweep three in
a row! Bastos, 28, of Sao Paulo posts a time of 2:19:24, nearly 13 minutes faster than his closest competitor.
In the women's field, Gabriela Trana of Costa Rica, running her first marathon ever, wins with a time of 2:57:03 just ahead of Christa Benton of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Other 2007 winners (over the last two days) include
Men’s Masters: Stuart McLay, Santa Tecla, El Salvador, 2:41:20
Women’s Masters: Brenda Wilson, Stuart, Fla., 3:06:14
Men’s Chair: Renzo Martinez, Boca Raton, Fla., 2:24:34
Women’s Chair: Kristen Messer, Austin, Texas, 4:23:21
Men’s Half: Jarrod Shoemaker, Sudbury, Mass., 1:10:29
Women’s Half: Melissa White, Rochester, Mich., 1:15:43
Men’s Half Chair: Gary Baker, Indianapolis, Ind., 1:12:36
The Hannah Montana episode "We Are Family: Now Get Me Some Water!"
airs for the first time on Disney Channel.
In the early 1950's, Walt Disney hired Harrison "Buzz" Price (a consultant from Stanford Research who would later become a Disney Legend) to find a major piece of land in Southern California ... large enough to build an amusement park.
called Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth United States President, is born in a log cabin in
Summerhill, New York. He is the second Vice President to assume the presidency upon the death of a sitting president (succeeding Zachary Taylor). A fictional character named Millard Fillmore appears in Disney's animated
American Dragon: Jake Long. Visit Fillmore and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney World's The Hall of Presidents.
Disney's first full length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released in Brazil.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid debuts
The 35th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2008, is
held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Disney/Pixar's WALL-E
wins Favorite Family Movie (beating out Walt Disney Pictures' The Chronicles of
Narnia: Prince Caspian and DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda.).
"Recession doesn't deserve the right to exist. There are just too many things to be done in science and engineering to be bogged down by temporary economic dislocations." -Walt Disney
"Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness." -Millard Fillmore
Allison Iraheta, the 17-year-old former American Idol contestant, visits Radio Disney
in Burbank, California. She performs her new single "Friday, I’ll Be Over You."
The 3rd Annual Walt Disney World Marathon (presented by HealthSouth) kicks off with
7,500 celebrities and amateur runners on a 26.2-mile course through three theme parks, Blizzard Beach and multiple resorts. Miguel Upegui of Colombia wins the men's overall (at 2:23:27) and Lyubou Klochko of the Ukraine wins the women's overall (at 2:45:12). Other winners on this day include:
Men’s Masters: Nick Rose, Bristol, England, 2:33:50
Women’s Masters: Marina Jones, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 2:54:52
Men’s Chair: Scot Hollonbeck, Smyrna, Ga., 1:46:36
Women’s Chair: Christina Pate, Apopka, Fla., 2:45:37
Actor, producer and director Nicolas Cage is born Nicolas Coppola in Long Beach, California. His Disney credits include the 2004 National Treasure, the 2007 follow-up National Treasure: Book
of Secrets, and the 2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
The Spirit of '43, an animated World War II propaganda film created by Walt Disney Studios, is released to the US Treasury Department. Starring Donald Duck, the film encourages patriotic Americans to file and pay their income taxes faithfully every 3 months in order to help the war effort.
Touchstone Pictures releases the fantasy comedy film Cabin Boy, directed by
Adam Resnick and produced by Tim Burton. Comedian Chris Elliott plays a snobby "fancy
lad" school boy named Nathaniel Mayweather, who mistakenly boards the fishing ship The Filthy Whore
instead of the Queen Catherine, a luxury cruise liner.
The plaque and key exchange for the Disney Dream takes place, commemorating the ship’s inaugural call on Port Canaveral in an official maritime ceremony. Newly elected
Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with other local officials participate in the event with Disney Dream Captain Tom Forberg and Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz. The ship’s maiden voyage will take place January 26.
Composer Eliot Daniel is born in Massachusetts. Joining the Disney Studios after World
War II, his credits included Song of the South, Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and So Dear to My Heart, for which he wrote the Oscar-nominated song, "Lavender Blue." Daniel also composed the
I Love Lucy theme song, probably one of the most recognizable pieces in television history.
Trumpeter and bandleader LeRoy Charles Fisher is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the 1970s, he could be heard and seen on Main Street at Walt Disney World, playing Dixieland Jazz. (He later became President of the American Federation of Musicians of Central Florida. For his eightieth birthday, Orlando Mayor, Glenda Hood, declared January 7, 2003, as LeRoy Fisher Day, for his work through the Gift of Music Foundation.)
At Disneyland park, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café officially open its doors. The new bakery,
located at the top of Main Street, U.S.A., features familiar bakery and coffee items in addition to a new menu of
sandwiches and salads.
Down in Walt Disney World, 32-year-old Jose de Morias from Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishes first in the Disney Half Marathon. He completes the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 15 seconds.
Rosa Chacha, 29, of Quito, Ecuador, is the top women’s finisher in 1:16:43.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
The 2015 People's Choice Awards are handed out in Los Angeles. Disney's live-action
"Maleficent" wins both Favorite Movie and Favorite Family Movie.
Deconstruction of the Sorcerer's Hat begins at Disney's Hollywood Studios. An icon of the Florida park, it first debuted in 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration. Used as a venue for pin trading and sales, as well as the backdrop to many special events and shows, the Sorcerer's Hat will be completely removed by