A joint statement from The Walt Disney Company and Roy E. Disney & Stanley P.
Gold announces that they have agreed to put aside their differences.
Roy E. Disney rejoins the company as a consultant with the title of Director Emeritus.
Dark Water, a horror drama film directed by Walter Salles, starring Jennifer Connelly and
Tim Roth, is released. Co-produced by Disney's Touchstone Pictures and distributed by Disney's Buena Vista
Pictures, the film is a remake of the 2002 Japanese film of the same name, which is in turn based on the short story
"Floating Water" by Koji Suzuki. A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a
run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.
Publisher and Disney Legend Mario Gentilini is born in Luzzara, Italy. As director of
"Topolino" magazine, he popularized Mickey Mouse throughout his home land. First studying at the Accademia di
Brera in Milan, he became a well-known figurative painter with work featured in exhibitions in Paris and Rome. While teaching high school, Gentilini was offered the opportunity to fill in for an artist on leave from Arnoldo Mondadori
Editore. While at the prestigious publishing firm, he learned of "Topolino" magazine, which the company had recently acquired the rights to publish. Gentilini became enchanted by Disney's mouse and as a result, quit teaching and
began a new career in publishing and retouching drawings for "Topolino." Nine years later, in 1945, he was promoted
to its editor. Under his leadership, "Topolino" was transformed from a monthly into a weekly publication featuring
original Disney stories by classically-trained Italian artists.
Radio & voice actor Bill Thompson, the voices of Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, King
Hubert in Sleeping Beauty, and Uncle Waldo in The Aristocats, is born in Terre
Haute, Indiana. His Disney credits also include Alice in Wonderland, Melody, Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom, Hooked Bear, The Story of Anyburg U.S.A., and How to Have an Accident in the Home (released on
this day in 1956). Thompson's most famous voice creation is the mush-mouthed cartoon hound, Droopy.
Disney Legend Horst Koblischek is born in Reichenberg, Czechoslovakia.
Working in character merchandising, he created the Sport Goofy Trophy and negotiate Disney's first
television contract in Germany.
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Good Scouts is released. Donald acts as scoutmaster for
his three nephews for a nature hike through the wilderness. The second Disney cartoon released to feature
Donald Duck's three nephews - Huey, Dewey and Louie, it will be nominated for an Academy Award.
The Disney animated short How to Have an Accident in the Home, featuring Donald Duck and J.J. Fate (an imaginary personification of Donald's bad "luck"), is released.
Disney's live-action feature The Light in the Forest, starring Fess Parker, James
MacArthur, Carol Lynely, and Jessica Tandy is released. The film centers around the struggles of a boy named John Cameron Butler/True Son, who has been taken from his parents by Indians while young. It is based on a novel first published in 1953 by author Conrad Richter.
Disney's live-action feature film The Moon-Spinners, starring Hayley Mills and Eli
Wallach, is generally released. About a jewel thief hiding on the island of Crete, the film first premiered
July 2. The Moon-Spinners is Mills' fifth - of what will be six - films for Disney. The film's theme song is written by
Terry Gilkyson (future composer of "The Bare Necessities").
The New Mouseketeers appear on CBS-TV's Dinah!
The premier opening of the Legend of The Lion King in the Fantasyland Theater
(at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom) takes place with a 5-minute ceremony.
A predecessor to the Lion King Broadway show, the Legend of The Lion King will run for nearly 8 years.
Disney's live stage show Beauty and the Beast first opens
internationally at The Princess Theatre, in Melbourne, Australia.
Michael Eisner attends the first preview of Disney's new stage musical
Academy Award-winning Disney animator/director Ward Kimball passes
away of natural causes at Arcadia Methodist Hospital in Arcadia,
California. He is 88. (A Disney Legend & one of Walt's "Nine Old Men," Kimball first joined the
Disney Studios in 1934.)
Disneyland's Flying Saucers attraction of the early 1960s was not technologically perfect and was constantly breaking down. After
several years it
The Disney Broadway musical Tarzan - based on the animated film of
the same name - plays its final performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. Running since May 2006, the musical has played 35 previews
and 486 regular performances.
Actor Nigel De Brulier, the inspiration for the model of the Sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia, is born in Bristol, England.
"We thought we were always going to be 21 years old. We thought we would always be putting goldfish in the
bottled drinking water, balancing cups of water on the light fixtures, changing the labels on cans of sauerkraut
juice. We were 21 years old, Walt was 30, leading the pack. Working there was more fun than any job I could
ever imagine." -Ward Kimball
According to tradition, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania is one of many bells rung to summon citizens
for the reading of the Declaration of Independence (which
had been adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4).
Today a replica of the Liberty Bell sits on display in Walt Disney World's Liberty
Square. The replica was cast for Walt Disney World in Annecy-le Vieux, France
by Fonderie Paccard, using the exact same mold as the original Liberty Bell.
(Paccard is best known in the U.S. for its participation in the Liberty Bell Savings
Bond Project. As part of the Marshall Plan of industrial assistance to create and maintain jobs in war-torn Europe,
the foundry cast 57 replicas of the Liberty Bell in 1950-51. Most of the bells were distributed, one each, to the then-48 U.S. states as tributes to their citizens' respective services in World War II.)
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel has its grand opening. The new Victorian-style hotel stands
in front of the main entrance of Tokyo Disneyland Park. The third Disney-brand hotel of the Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel offers 700 guestrooms along with dining and shopping facilities.
Walt Disney Records releases "Country Sings Disney" featuring such artist as Billy
Ray Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, SHeDAISY,
and Brad Paisley.
Actor Jeffrey Tambor, the voice of Big Nose Thug in Disney's 2010 animated
Tangled, is born in San Francisco, California. His Disney voice credits include Santa Claus in the 2007 direct-to-DVD film Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, King Salmoneus in an episode of Hercules: The Animated Series. and the series Star vs the Forces of Evil. (Fans of the HBO satirical
sitcom The Larry Sanders Show remember Tambor for his role of Hank Kingsley.)
A groundbreaking ceremony takes place at Disney California Adventure park.
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Principal Creative Advisor, Walt
Disney Imagineering, digs up the first bit of ground that will become Cars Land. During the ceremony, Lasseter even
spray-paints an impromptu Lightning McQueen on the pavement!
Ernest Borgnine, an actor of television and film with a career
spanning more than six decades, passes away at age 95 in
California. He played the role of journalist Harry Booth in Disney's 1979 science
fiction film The Black Hole. (Currently the voice of Mermaid Man on the animated
series SpongeBob SquarePants, Borgnine's film credits include The Poseidon
Adventure, Ice Station Zebra, The Dirty Dozen, and Marty - for which he won an
Academy Award. Fans of classic TV will remember him as the star of McHale's Navy - a 1960s sitcom which featured
Disney Legend Tim Conway.)
"Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom."
Old Navy launches a new clothing line featuring one of Disney's most iconic characters - Mickey Mouse. Available in-store and online, the "Mickey Through the Decades" collection includes Mickey
Mouse and his friends in rarely seen art on vintage-style tees.
The longtime Epcot restaurant Liberty Inn, a staple of the American Adventure pavilion in the theme park's World Showcase, closes. Part of the opening day lineup for Epcot in 1982, Liberty Inn was attached to the main building that features the American Adventure attraction and the Voices of Liberty singing
group. It will be replaced with a new eatery that serves barbecue and craft beers.