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
1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang, the 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, the 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet, and the
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. 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
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 and the voice of Timekeeper in the 1992 From Time to Time (which
played inthe Disney World attraction The Timekeeper) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
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. Williams also starred in Disney's 1997
live-action feature Flubber and the 2009 comedy Old Dogs, the same year he was
inducted a Disney Legend.
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)
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.
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