An open letter to the Walt Disney Company Board of Directors written by
Roy E. Disney and Stanley P. Gold is released. They question the process
being used to find a successor for departing CEO Michael Eisner.
Comic actor Richard Haydn, the voice of the caterpillar in Disney's 1951
classic Alice in Wonderland, is born in London, England. He also appears in Disney's 1967
live-action feature The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin. (Known for playing eccentric characters, Haydn's American
TV credits include episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Bewitched. But perhaps his most
acclaimed role was in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1965 film musical, The Sound of Music, in which he played the
von Trapp's family friend Max Detweiler.)
Walt Disney's grandmother Mary Richardson Disney passes away in Ellis, Kansas.
Born 1838 in Ireland, she was married to Kepple Disney.
Disney is twice awarded at the 1937 Academy Awards presented at the
Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The Disney/RKO cartoon short
The Old Mill (Short Subjects, Cartoon) wins an Academy Award, and Walt Disney Productions takes home an Oscar (Scientific or Technical, Class II)) for the design and use of its unqiue multiplane camera. The multiplane uses stacked panes of glass each painted with different elements of the animation. It allows the animators to re-use the same background, foreground, or any elements not in motion ... thus saving hours of labor. Although Walt Disney Studio Music Department is nominated for Best Music Score (for Snow White), Universal Studio Music Department takes home the Oscar (for One Hundred Men and a Girl).
U.S. President Eisenhower calls Walt Disney to congratulate him
on the previous night's TV broadcast of "Man in Space." Eisenhower
asks for a copy of it to show the generals in the Pentagon.
The TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
airs "The Horse With the Flying Tail."
Today is General Electric's last day as corporate sponsor of Disney World's Carousel of Progress. GE's association with the attraction goes all the way back to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.
The animated Disney's House of Mouse debuts episode 8
A rare reunion of original stars of the 1950s television series the "Mickey Mouse Club" is held at Pardini's in Fresno, California. Proceeds of the event benefit the Center for Independent Living, a local organization that assists those with disabilities.
In celebration of the opening of Disney's California Adventure, Disney presents the "Artist's Choice" Pin of the Month Program with the "Tattoo Surf" pin. On the second Saturday of each month, (excluding February) a different pin will be released from the series.
The "Nanea" (which means tranquil) volcano-themed pool at
Disney World's Polynesian Resort replaces the original
grotto pool. The new swimming hole includes underwater music.
It is reported that Disney World's Swan and Dolphin hotels are being
redecorated in an effort to make all 2,300 rooms more luxurious. (The
properties, owned by Tishman Hotel Corp. and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, are
aimed largely at business travelers.) The overhaul is being directed by Michael Graves, the 13-year-old
hotels' original architect who designed the hotels' exterior landmarks.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection presents its new
Green Lodgings awards to Disney World's Coronado Springs and
Boardwalk Resorts. (They are two of the first four hotels in Florida to
receive the awards.) The honor is given to hotel properties that feature
innovative and imaginative programs to conserve natural resources,
reduce waste, minimize pollution and reduce costs.
The Walt Disney Company holds their annual meeting of shareholders in Anaheim,
California. It is the first gathering under the leadership of CEO Robert Iger.
Disney releases the live-action feature film The Shaggy Dog (a remake of the 1959 film.)
Tim Allen plays Dave Douglas who transforms into a Bearded Collie.
The Disney sister act Aly & AJ appear on ABC-TV's Live with Regis and
Kelly to promote their album Into the Rush.
The live-action Disney feature Return from Witch Mountain is released. Starring Bette Davis, Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, and Jack Soo, it is a sequel to the 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain.
Actress/singer Emily Osment - Lilly Truscott on Disney Channel's Hannah
Montana - is born in Los Angeles, California. Osment also recorded a remake version of the song "If I Didn't Have You" (with Mitchel Musso) for the DisneyMania 6 CD.
Paul Winchell (the first voice of
Tigger) got his start in show biz
at the age of 14. He was part of
a ventriloquist act on the
Major Bowes Amateur Hour
Africa USA, a wildlife tourist attraction in Boca Raton, Florida, opens its
doors to the public. A unique theme park (before its time), Walt Disney
himself will frequently visit and even consider purchasing the 300-acre site.
(Africa USA will close in September 1961.)
Soft openings for Pixar Play Parade kick off at Disney's California Adventure. Scheduled for a March 14 debut, the parade will run through the summer.
Dave Stevens, a celebrated illustrator and comics artist best known for his creation The Rocketeer, passes away at age 52. Stevens first began developing a Rocketeer film proposal in 1985 and later sold the rights to the Walt Disney Company, which produced
the 1991 live-action feature The Rocketeer.
Disney's Bambi is awarded 2 Special Golden Globe Awards "for furthering the influence of the screen" and "for the Hindustani version of the movie."
An article titled "Mickey Mouse Emerges As Economist" is published in this day's issue of The New York Times. Readers are informed:
New applause is heard for Mickey Mouse rising high above the general acclaim for him that already rings throughout the earth. The fresh cheering is for Mickey the Big Business Man, the world's super-salesman.
The 70th anniversary edition of Pinocchio is released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Disney officially launches "D23" - their first official fan organization - with
the premiere issue of Disney twenty-three magazine. Paying homage to 1923,
the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, the all-new quarterly Disney magazine presents
stunning photography, dazzling illustrations and the ultimate insider perspective.
Disney's Touchstone Pictures releases the science fiction film Mission to Mars starring Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins. Directed by Brian De Palma, it tells the story of a rescue mission to Mars following a disaster during the first manned voyage to the planet.
New York Stories, an anthology film made up of 3 shorts, is released by
Touchstone Pictures. The first short is Life Lessons, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by
Richard Price. The second - Life Without Zoe, is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Coppola
and his daughter, Sofia Coppola. The last segment is Oedipus Wrecks, directed and written by Woody Allen.
"I'd always loved the idea of a guy flying like a bird, with just a combustible contraption strapped to his back."
-Dave Stevens (1955-2008)
Muskogee, Oklahoma. First rising to fame as the winner of the fourth season of
American Idol, she contributed to the soundtrack for Disney's Enchanted singing
"Ever Ever After" in 2007. In February 2009 she helped launch the new Americn Idol
attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Actress, singer-songwriter Beverly Bremers, known for her roles on Broadway and her 1972 million-seller "Don't Say You Don't Remember," is born in Chicago, Illinois. As a songwriter, she received a platinum record for writing the song, "Mousercise" for Disney, which became the theme for the long-running program on the Disney Channel, a live show at Disneyland, and a video.
Disney's Goofy short How to Play Golf, directed by Jack Kinney, is released.
An analysis of the great game of golf ... the Goofy way.
Buena Vista Pictures releases the Hollywood Pictures live-action feature film Roommates to U.S. theaters.
Disneyland holds a special party to celebrate the first anniversary of "D23" -
Disney's first official fan organization.
All the Pain Money Can Buy, the second album by American pop-rock band Fastball,
is released on Hollywood Records.
"We have a fantastic legacy that started in 1923 and is based on timeless stories, beloved characters and unforgettable experiences, but it’s our fans that
keep the spirit of Disney alive year after year, generation after generation. D23 is our way of saying ‘thank you’ and celebrating our fans, who bring the
magic of Disney to life every day in every corner of the world." -Disney President and CEO Bob Iger
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