At Tokyo DisneySea, Raging Spirits (a high-speed roller coaster) begins
operation. Located in the Lost River Delta section of the park, the attraction
takes riders through the ruins of an ancient ceremonial site.
Veteran actor Don Knotts is born Jesse Donald Knotts
in Morgantown, West Virginia. His live-action Disney credits include
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), No Deposit, No Return (1976), Gus (1976), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
(1977) Hot Lead and Cold Feet, (1978), and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979). Knotts also supplied voices
for the animated 101 Dalmatians: The Series, was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the animated 2005 Chicken Little and supplied the voice for Sniffer for the 2006 live-action Air Buddies. In February 1972 he hosted an episode of
The Mouse Factory. (TV fans will always remember him best for his Emmy Award winning role of bumbling Deputy
Barney Fife on the classic 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.)
Disney releases the Mickey Mouse short The Pointer, directed by Clyde Geronomi.
Mickey tries to teach Pluto to be a quail hunting dog, but Pluto isn’t cut out for the pointing business. Many
animation experts consider this short to be a milestone in the evolution of Mickey Mouse. Beautifully animated
and realistic, it is a turning point in Mickey's appearance as he looks closer to his modern-day version. The
addition of pupils to Mickey’s eyes help make his face more expressive (a look similar to his Fantasia appearance).
Mouseketeer Margene Storey - who joined The Mickey Mouse Club for
its second season in 1956 - is born in El Centro, California. She appeared
extensively in production numbers due to her ability to dance.
Comedian & actor Robin Williams, the voice of the Blue Genie of the Lamp in Disney's
1992 Aladdin, is born in Chicago, Illinois. Known for his improvisation skills, his role as the Genie (which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor) was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. His theme park credits include the 1989 short Back to Neverland (which played at Disney MGM Studios) and the voice of Timekeeper in the 1992 From Time to Time (which played in the now retired Disney World attraction The Timekeeper). Inducted a Disney Legend in 2009,
his Disney film credits include:
Popeye (1980) Paramount/Disney ... Popeye
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Touchstone ... Adrian Cronauer
Dead Poets Society (1989) Touchstone ... John Keating
Jack (1996) Hollywood ... Jack Powell
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) Disney ... Genie
Flubber (1997) Disney ... Professor Philip Brainard
Good Will Hunting (1997) Miramax ... Sean Maguire
Bicentennial Man (1999) Touchstone ... Andrew Martin
Old Dogs (2009) Disney ... Dan Rayburn
In February 2003 Williams guest starred in an episode of the ABC sitcom Life with Bonnie (featuring Bonnie Hunt).
Actor Basil Rathbone (known for his role of Sherlock Holmes) passes
away in New York City. His Disney voice credits include the 1986 The Great Mouse
Detective (in which an old sound bite was used) and the 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (as
the narrator of the "Wind in the Willows" segment).
The Boiler Room Barbecue, a restaurant at Tokyo Disneyland, opens for business.
Disney Wonder - the second of the Disney cruise ships - visits Southhampton, England on her delivery voyage from Italy (where she was built) to Florida. The vessel is 965 feet long and can hold a maximum of 3,325 passengers.
The first Disney FASTPASS Ticket is given out at Walt Disney World.
A virtual queuing system, FASTPASS allows guests to avoid long lines at the attractions on which the system
is installed, freeing them to enjoy other attractions during their wait.
Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone begin a
2-day engagement at Disney's California Adventure.
The Country Bears, a live-action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures & based loosely on the Disney attraction Country Bear Jamboree, premieres.
An unfortunate accident occurs at Disney World's Animal Kingdom
when a giraffe is struck and killed by lightning.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep, starring sisters Kay
Panabaker and Danielle Panabaker, debuts. A schoolgirl's (Kay Panabaker) private journal becomes a best-seller after she accidentally hands it in as a homework assignment.
Disneyland replaced individual ride tickets (in use since 1955) with its
new passports (single admission price to the park)
animated feature Mulan, the 1973 western One Little Indian, and the theme park attraction Soarin' Over California, passes away at 75 in Beverly Hills, California. In 1994, he was a guest conductor on the television special Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. As a student at L.A. City College in the 1950s, Goldsmith studied under a professor named Buddy Baker (future Disney Legend later known for his musical contributions to the Haunted Mansion attraction).
Tony Award-winning singer & actress Lillias White - the voice of Calliope, Muse
of Epics in Disney's animated Hercules - is born in Brooklyn, New York.
Animator Charlie Downs (retired since 1992) passes away. He began his career in Disney's
Animation Department in 1950 as an inbetweener, breakdown artist, key rough artist and cleanup assistant to
several of Walt's "Nine Old Men" (such as Ward Kimball & Les Clark). Downs also worked as a staff animator on
many Disney features including Peter Pan and The Black Cauldron.
He later worked on such television cartoons as The Pink Panther, Casper, Scooby-Doo, and The Jetsons.
At a press conference on the Empress Lilly at Downtown Disney Marketplace in
Florida, Disney CEO Michael Eisner announces plans for a new addition to be called
Pleasure Island. (Construction will begin on Pleasure Island in August and officially open in May 1989.)
The Disney short Pests of the West, directed by Charles Nichols, is released.
Pluto guards the chicken house from a hungry coyote named Bent-Tail ... and his even hungrier son!
Disney and Target announce a new fashion line of apparel and accessories called
"D-Signed," available only at Target stores nationwide and Target.com
beginning in August.
Walt Disney Imagineers and various crews working on the construction of
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort hold a "topping out" ceremony at Walt
Disney World. A tradition in the construction and engineering fields, it takes place when the highest piece of steel
is placed on a building’s frame. Today's ceremony takes place atop a wing of the resort that will be themed after The Lion King. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which will bring to life famous Disney and Disney•Pixar films, is set to open in
early Summer 2012.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
A large number of New York City newsboys refuse to distribute the newspapers of Joseph
Pulitzer, publisher of The New York World, and William Randolph Hearst, publisher of The New YorkJournal. The newsboys' strike of 1899 (as it will come to be known) will change the way newspapers
compensate their child labor force of newspaper hawkers. The young strikers demonstrate across the Brooklyn Bridge
for several days, effectively bringing traffic to a standstill! The events of the 1899 strike will later inspire the 1992
Disney film Newsies and a musical theatre adaptation of the film, also called Newsies, in 2011.
Descendants 2, a musical fantasy television film premieres on Disney Channel (and is simulcast on Disney-owned networks ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime, and Lifetime Movies). The sequel to the 2015 film Descendants, the film stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope and China Anne McClain. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay try to adjust to life in Auradon, but when Mal becomes overwhelmed with pressure, she returns to her roots.
On the same day, the soundtrack to Descendants 2 is released on Walt Disney Records.
The family sitcom Raven's Home, starring Raven-Symoné, premieres on Disney Channel.
A spinoff of That's So Raven (which ran 2003-2007), the series centers around Raven Baxter, a divorced mother of
preteen twins Booker and Nia, living with Chelsea, her childhood best friend, and her son Levi in Chicago, Illinois. The
cast includes Anneliese van der Pol (who also appeared in That's So Raven), Issac Ryan Brown, Navia Robinson, and Jason Maybaum.
Song composer Al Hoffman passes away in New York City at age 57. A hit songwriter active in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, he co-wrote such well-known Disney tunes as "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" (1948), "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (1949), "So This Is Love" (1950), and "The Unbirthday Song" (1951). Born in Minsk, Russia, in 1902, Hoffman and his family moved to the United States and settled in Seattle, Washington, when he was just 6.
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, a merchandise and confectionary shop on Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure opens. Replacing Sideshow Shirts, the shop features the character Bing Bong from Inside Out.