A 230-pound female African elephant calf is born in
Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Disney's 1978 The Cat From Outer Space is released on DVD.
Actor Sebastian Cabot, the narrator of Disney's 1968 Winnie The Pooh
and the Blustery Day, the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, and the
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is born in London England.
He also lent his voice to Disney's The Jungle Book (as Bagheera) and The Sword in the Stone (as
Sir Eric). Cabot was one of many celebrities who took part in Walt Disney World's three-day opening
in October 1971. (TV fans will remember him for his role as Mr. French on the 1960s series Family Affair.)
Bill Shirley, the voice of Prince Philip in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, is born in
Indianapolis, Indiana. (Another famous voice role of his was an uncredited role as the singing voice of
Freddy Einsford-Hill - played by Jeremy Brett - in the classic musical My Fair Lady.)
Walt and Roy Disney put down a $400 deposit on a lot at 2719 Hyperion Ave., in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. They plan to build a new animation studio.
(The single-story building will serve as the Disney's base for the next fifteen years.)
Author Kenneth Grahame passes away in England at age 73. His famous story The Wind
in the Willows, featuring his most famous character Mr. Toad, was featured in the 1949 Disney animated film
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
Actress Luana Pattern, one of the first two contract players for Disney, is born in Long
Beach, California. She made her debut in Disney's 1946 Song of the South (playing the role of Ginny).
Pattern's Disney credits also include Fun and Fancy Free, Pecos Bill, Johnny Tremain, and So Dear to My Heart.
She and fellow child actor Bobby Driscoll accompanied Walt Disney himself to Indianapolis, Columbus and
Cincinnati to promote So Dear to My Heart in January 1949.
Actor Geoffrey Rush, who appeared as Captain Hector Barbossa in all 4 of Disney's
Pirates of the Caribbean films, is born in Queensland, Australia. Rush reprised his character's
for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. His credits
also include the voice of Nigel the pelican for the 2003 animated Finding Nemo. (Rush is one of the few to have
won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award.)
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, passes away in New York City at the age of 69. Armstrong had recorded an album titled "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way" in the mid 1960s, and appeared as a
guest on the 1962 TV special "Disneyland After Dark." He performed live many times at the
Anaheim park with his band as part of the seasonal Dixieland at Disneyland.
The cast of TV's The New Mickey Mouse Club performs 4 shows at Disneyland's Space Stage Theatre in Tomorrowland (located next to Space Mountain).
Actor Jeremy Suarez, the voice of Coda in Disney's 2003 Brother Bear and the 2006 sequel Brother Bear 2, is born in Burbank, California. (TV fans may know him best for his role of
Jordan Thomkins, Bernie Mac's nephew, on The Bernie Mac Show.)
Disney's Symphonic Fantasy opens at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts in New York City. Performing for two weeks, the show features the American Symphony Orchestra with Disney characters and music.
The World of Disney in New York City host Pirates in the Big Apple,
an event to celebrate the opening of the movie Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Curse.
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations are released. Disney
Channel's High School Musical receives 6 nominations. Winners will be announced August 27.
Country star Travis Tritt performs at Pleasure Island, Florida.
In 1966, trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong was approached by
Walt Disney to record a number
of classic tunes for the Disney Company. Armstrong once said,
is folk music.
I ain't never
heard no horse
sing a song."
"It's never the wrong time to call on Toad. Early or late he's always the same fellow. Always
good-tempered, always glad to see you, always sorry when you go!" -Kenneth Grahame
"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" a 1936 song written by Louis Prima (future voice of
King Louie in Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book) is recorded on this day in a Hollywood studio. The tune is recorded by clarinetist/bandleader Benny Goodman (who will be heard in Disney's 1946 Make
Mine Music). Among Goodman's players is Harry James on trumpet and Gene Krupa on drums. "Sing, Sing, Sing" will become one of the most visible symbols of the swing era and be re-recorded by countless artists. It can be heard in
the opening and closing scenes of Disney's 1997 movie Tower of Terror.
Veteran actor Ned Beatty, the voice of Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3, is born in
Louisville, Kentucky. Appearing in more than 100 films, Beatty is perhaps best-remembered for his roles
in Deliverance, Superman, and Rudy.
"You Didn't Say It's Your Birthday," the 50th episode of Hanna Montana airs on Disney Channel.
Disney Channel airs "Quest for Coolness," the 25th episode of Even Stevens.
Captain EO, a 3-D, 70mm, Sci-fi, fantasy, musical movie attraction
starring Michael Jackson, closes at EPCOT after nearly an 8-year
run. The first Disney park to offer the film, EPCOT is the first to close it down.
Walt and Lillian Disney, their daughters, Sharon and Diane and Lillian's niece,
Marjorie Sewell Bowers, arrive in Southhampton, England aboard the Queen
Elizabeth. They head to the Dorchester Hotel in London as Walt will be working on his new British feature
film, The Sword and the Rose (to be released in July of 1953).
Laverne Andrews, one-third of the popular singing trio
The Andrews Sisters, is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aside
from frequently playing themselves in movies, the sisters sold over 60 million records and lent their singing
voices to Disney's Make Mine Music (1946) and Melody Time (1948). The trio also cut a version of "I've Got No
Strings" (a song first heard in Pinocchio) with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940.
The following appears in the back pages of the Los Angeles Times:
ACTORS MIX WITH CARTOONS
In Hollywood a young cartoonist by the name of Walt Disney is making a series of twelve animated cartoon productions. Real people are seen acting with pen-and-ink actors. They are known as the "Alice" series and 5-year-old Virginia Davis, de luxe child dancer, has the big part. M.J. Winkler of New York is releasing the comedies.
Disney's new "Phineas and Ferb" interactive game opens at Epcot. Inspired by the
Disney Channel animated series, the game allows Disney World guests to play themed missions around
the Epcot World Showcase.
Actress Allyce Beasley is born in Brooklyn, New York. First known for her role of receptionist
Agnes DiPesto on the ABC television series Moonlighting, her Disney voice credits include Recess, Recess
Christmas: Miracle on Third Street and Lloyd in Space. Beasley was also the announcer for Playhouse Disney (a
television block that aired on Disney Channel for programs aimed at entertaining preschool aged children)
from 2001 to 2007.
"Attention secret agents! Your mission, beginning now, is to join Agent P in Epcot’s World
Showcase to help him thwart the plans of the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz."