1997: D isneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean reopens after being renovated. D isney releases J un gle 2 Jungle starring Tim Allen, Lolita Davidovich, JoBeth Williams, and Martin Short. 1962: S inger, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne , who played the role of Princess Amneris in Disney's Broadway show Aida in 2001, is born Leslie Wunderman in Baldwin, New York. Best known for her first dance-pop hit "Tell It to My Heart" and the follow-up ballad "I'll Always Love You," Dayne has performed in venues all over the world - including the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, Florida. 2005: F ilm producer, writer and director Debra Hill (known for such classics as Halloween ) passes away in Los Angeles, California. In 1988, Hill signed a contract with Walt Disney Pictures for her Debra Hill Productions and produced the 1989 feature Gross Anatomy , short films for Disney theme parks and an NBC special for Disneyland's 35th anniversary. I t is announced that the Disney-based Mandeville Films (who are shooting The Shaggy Dog a sequel to the Shaggy Disney films of the past) will start production on a new Swiss Family Robinson feature in September at the Queenslands Warner Roadshow Studios in Australia. 1927: T he Alice Comedy Alice the Collegiate , with Margie Gay, is released. Alice gets a job teaching football at a local college, where the star quarterback is none other than Julius the cat! 1935: I n the north of Spain, the third of the European Disney weeklies, Mickey – Revista Infantil Ilustrada (which means Mickey – Illustrated Child Magazine ) is published by Editorial Molino. 1942: M ichael Eisner, who ran The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005, is born in Mount Kisco, New York (though he was raised in New York City). Prior to joining Disney, Eisner was President and Chief Operating Officer of Paramount Pictures Corp. 1955: T he 7th Emmy Awards are presented at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Hollywood, California. Hosted by Steve Allen and broadcast on NBC, it is the first Emmy Awards ceremony to ever be televised nationally. An Emmy for Best Individual Program of the Year, goes to the Disneyland television episode "Operation Undersea." A second Emmy for Best Television Film Editing goes to Lynn Harrison and Grant K. Smith for their work on the Disneyland episode "Operation Undersea." Producer Walt Disney's Disneyland series picks up a third Emmy for Best Variety Series Including, Musical Variety. 1956 T he Disneyland television series airs the episode "On Vacation," in which Jimminy Cricket takes a look at the friendship of Mickey Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. 1980: S inger TJ Fantini, a member of Disney Channel's The All New Mickey Mouse Club , is born in Belleville, Illinois. 2001: D isney's Jungle Adventures On Ice swings into the Minneapolis Target Center. 2006: W alt Disney Records releases That's So Raven Too , a collection from and inspired by the hit Disney Channel Original television series. D isney's 1959 black-and-white The Shaggy Dog (starring Fred Mac Murray) and the 1976 follow-up The Shaggy D.A. (starring Dean Jones) are both released to DVD. There is a "hidden floor" in the main building of Walt Disney celebrities, newly married couples and others who want total privacy. 1946: T he 1945 Academy Awards are held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre with hosts Bob Hope and James Stewart. Walt Disney Studio Sound Department (nominated for The Three Caballeros ) loses to RKO's The Bell's of Saint Mary in the Sound Recording category. The Disney team of Edward Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott - nominated for the music in The Three Caballeros , are edged out by Georgie Stoll for his score for Anchors Aweigh . Although nominated for Short Subjects, Cartoon - Disney's Donald's Crime is beat out by MGM's Quiet Please . 2008: I n a ceremony prior to the park's opening, Disney Legend Bob Gurr receives a window on Disneyland's Main Street USA. Gurr's Disneyland designs include the Autopia, the Monorail, Omnimovers, and the Main Street Vehicles. W alt Disney Pictures releases the comedy feature College Road Trip . When an overachieving high school student (played by Raven-Symoné) decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father (played by Martin Lawrence) decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow. This comical adventure also features Brenda Song, Donny Osmond, and Will Sasso. 1941: D isney's Donald Duck short Golden Eggs is released. Having a hard time harvesting eggs from the henhouse, Donald goes in disguise as a hen to get them! THIS SITE MADE IN THE USA Disney wins 3 Emmy Awards "All the school shop classes were my passion. Wood and metal shop taught me a lot about how to find the easiest way to build something. Skills that would make designing Disneyland Attractions so much simpler." -Disney Legend Bob Gurr 1936: T he Disney short Mickey's Grand Opera , directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released. Mickey conducts an opera starring Donald Duck and Clara Duck ... but it's Pluto who steals the show. Riding the Road to the Future/Meteor Cycle Company/Our vehicles pass the test of time/Fast, Faultless and Fadless/Bob Gurr, Design Impresario. 2010: M ore than 13,000 runners take part in Disney's Princess Half Marathon at WDW. Gina Aalgaard Kelly of Lisbon, North Dakota wins the race in 1:23:58. The half marathon (originally designed for women - although more than 400 men participated this year) wraps up a weekend of events including the Princess and the Frog Family 5K, Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo on women’s health and wellness, as well as seminars on training, racing and nutrition. D isney-Pixar's Up wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Up director Pete Docter accepts the award on behalf of the studio and his animation team. Michael Giacchino wins Best Music (Original Score) for his contribution to Up . The film was also nominated for best picture - the only animated film apart from Disney's 1991 Beauty and the Beast ever to get that honor (at this time)! "Never did I dream that making a flipbook out of my third-grade math book would lead to this." -Pete Docter 1958: S tage, film, and television actress and singer Donna Murphy, the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney's 2010 animated Tangled , is born in Queens, New York. (Star Trek fans know her as as Anij, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's love interest, in the 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection .) 2012: T his year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off in Florida. Running through May 20, the festival features traditional topiaries, HGTV stars, and the Flower Power concert series. This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL Traveling in time since 1999!