1852:
Alice Liddell - the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures
 in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass - is born in London,
 England. On July 4, 1862, in a rowboat traveling on The Isis from Folly Bridge, Oxford to Godstow for
 a picnic outing, 10-year-old Liddell asked Charles Dodgson (who wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll)
 to entertain her and her two sisters with a story. As the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat,
 Dodgson told the girls fantastic stories of a girl, named Alice, and her adventures after falling into a rabbit-
hole. Enamored with the story, young Alice asked Mr. Dodgson to write the story down for her. (In 1951,
 Disney released the animated Alice in Wonderland, based primarily on Dodgson's Adventures in
 Wonderland with a few additional elements from Through the Looking-Glass.)
1907:
Sales & public relations representative and Disney Legend Cyril Edgar is born 
in London, England. In April 1971, he will be named European Supervisor in charge of sales for 
the entire continent. 
1937:
Surf guitarist Dick Dale, whose rendition of Camille Saint-Saen's Aquarium
 can be heard while riding Disneyland's Space Mountain, is born Richard Anthony
 Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts. Known as "The King of the Surf Guitar," Dale also performed
 live on top of Space Mountain in 1998 for the re-opening of Disneyland's Tomorrowland! (His 1961 "Let's Go
 Trippin'" is often regarded as the very first surf rock song.)
1949:
Seal Island - Disney's first True-Life Adventure featurette - is generally released (it 
had been previewed in theaters back in December 1948). Directed by James Algar, the 
documentary studies the saga of life on Seal Island, one of the tiny specks of land in the Bering Sea. (RKO Radio 
Pictures, the distributor of Disney’s films at this time, initially had refused to release the half-hour Seal Island
Disney booked the film for its Los Angeles and New York theatrical engagements, and RKO later agreed to release 
the film nationally only after it proved its commercial potential and received the Academy Award!)
1962:
Samuel Lord Black, rendering software engineer for such animated features as 
The IncrediblesFinding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. is born in Ontario, Canada.
1965:
The Orlando Sentinel reports rumors of an "East Coast Disneyland." 
1977: 
Space Mountain opens in Disneyland. Based on concepts by Imagineer John Hench, 
Space Mountain at Disneyland was designed by Bill Watkins. It is the second Space Mountain in 
existence, as the first one opened at WDW in January 1975. Also opening as part of the Space 
Mountain complex is the Starcade arcade, Space Place Restaurant and Tomorrowland Space 
Stage. (SM will have an official grand opening May 27.)
1989:
The Disney Channel airs episode 9 of MMC. Today is Party Day!
1994:
Actor Alexander Gould - the voices of Nemo in Disney/Pixar's 2003 Finding
Nemo and Bambi in Disney's 2006 Bambi II - is born in Los Angeles, California.
1998:
Disney's stage musical The Lion King is nominated for 11 Tony Awards for excellence
on Broadway.

At Disneyland, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Buzz Lightyear attend the re-opening of the
Moonliner attraction. The original TWA Moonliner was a futuristic exhibit at Tomorrowland that stood 80-feet
tall. Designed by John Hench, it was retired in 1967. A scaled down version with the familiar TWA red stripes but
(without the TWA logo) is now part of the new 1998 version of Tomorrowland. It is used to promote Coca-Cola.
2000:
Pixar Animation Studios announces that Brad Bird, the critically-acclaimed director 
and writer of animated feature films, has joined the company as a director. 
At this time Bird is known for his 2-D hand-animated 1999 Warner Bros. film The Iron Giant
He will go on to direct the 2004 release The Incredibles and later the 2007 Ratatouille.
2001:
For 4 consecutive weekends beginning on this day, the Disney-MGM
Studios joins forces with Lucasfilm Ltd. to present the third annual Star Wars
 Weekends. (The Star Wars festival first began in 1997 but wasn't held again until 2000.) With the popular Star
 Tours attraction, Hollywood-style motorcades and star conversations, a Cantina Street Party and celebrity
 autograph sessions, MGM is transformed into a Force-filled fan-fest. The event will also take place May 11-13, May 18-20 and May 25-27.

A large tree, near the Mark Twain's Riverboat landing in Frontierland, falls over in
 Disneyland.

             Disney Channel airs the Lizzie McGuire episode "Bad Girl McGuire" for the
first time. This episode is directed by Anson Williams (who played Potsie on the ABC-TV hit series Happy Days.)
2002:
Disney's El Capitan Theater presents Robin Hood as part of 
the ongoing "Disney Saturday Morning Movies."
2005:
Disneyland closes to the public on this day for a VIP 
and Celebrity party in honor of the 18-month 50th 
Celebration event (which will officially kick off the next 
day). A gold carpeted Main Street leads guests to the entrance of 
Frontierland where the festivities are being held. Earlier in the afternoon 
the premier of "Disneyland – The First 50 Years" takes place with a 
ceremony hosted by Steve Martin and Donald Duck. Also in attendance 
is actress Julie Andrews, Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Honorary 
Ambassador. The evening ends with the premiere of the "Remember Dreams Come True" fireworks spectacular.
2003:
The Godfather of Soul James Brown and his family visit Walt Disney World.
During planning for Rock 'n' Roller
Coaster, Imagineers wanted to choose
one of the world's greatest bands
around which to build the back story
for the attraction. They decided
Aerosmith would be the perfect fit.
But initially Imagineers were unable to 
reach singer Steven Tyler and guitarist 
Joe Perry. Why? Because they were 
vacationing with their
families at the 
Disney-MGM Studios Park!
2007:
Disney Channel premieres the special High School Musical: The Concert
as well as the Hannah Montana episode "You Gotta Not Fight for Your Right to Party."

Disney field-tests a brand-new hard ticket concept for the parks called The Disney 8th 
Grade Grad Jam. The reservation-only event, to help 8th graders celebrate the end of middle school, takes 
place at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.

The C.K. Holliday Locomotive No. 1, one of Disneyland's four steam engines, is 
loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken to the Fullerton Transportation Center at 122 E. 
Santa Fe Ave. The 9-ton engine will make a guest appearance at Fullerton's ninth-annual Railroad Days May 5 
& 6. This marks the second year the theme park has allowed one of its four steam engines to leave the premises. 
(The engine, named for Cyrus Kurtz Holliday - the founder of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad - is one of 
only two built at the Disney Studios.)
1944:
Russi Taylor, the voice of Minnie Mouse since 1985 (longer than any other
actress), is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has also voiced Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck
 and Webby Vanderquack in the DuckTales television series. Taylor was married to the late Wayne Allwine, the third
 voice of Mickey Mouse. They were both named Disney Legends in 2008.
"Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can't create it if you don't have one." -Brad Bird
2008:
The 50th episode of Hannah Montana - "The Way We Almost Weren't" airs for
 the first time on Disney Channel. Actress Brooke Shields guests stars as Hannah's late mom
(in flashback scenes).
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2009:
The full list of nominees are revealed for this year's MTV Movie Awards. Miley Cyrus 
(Disney's Hannah Montana) is nominated for two categories - "Breakthrough Performance - Female" and "Best 
Song from a Movie" (a brand-new category) for her hit song "The Climb." Competing against Cyrus for 
"Breakthrough Performance - Female" are fellow Disney gals & High School Musical stars Vanessa Hudgens 
and Ashley Tisdale. The awards show will be held at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, May 31.
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2004:
Disney announces that the Broadway production of Aida will close on 
September 5, 2004 and that Adam Pascal will return to the role of Radames  
from June 28 until the end of the run.
1997:
'Piano' Bob Jackson debuts his one man cabaret show at Riverside's River 
Roost Lounge at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

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Min and Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios was inspired by the 1930 comedy-drama film Min and Bill which starred Marie Dressler and Wallace Berry. The movie tells the story of dockside innkeeper Min's tribulations as she tries to protect the innocence of her adopted daughter Nancy,
all while loving and fighting with boozy fisherman Bill, who resides at the inn.
Photo by Bernie at Disney.Rocket9.net
2012:
The Avengers, a superhero film produced by Marvel Studios,
distributed by Walt  Disney Pictures, and based on the Marvel
Comics superhero team of the same name, is generally released
in the U.S. Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, the film features the ensemble
 cast of Robert Downey, Jr. (as Iron Man), Chris Evans (as Captain America),
Mark Ruffalo (as Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Scarlett Johansson (as Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (as Hawkeye), Tom Hiddleston (as Loki), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury). Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together
a team of super humans to formThe Avengers in order to help save the Earth from Loki (Thor's adoptive brother & nemesis) and his army.

A male white rhino calf is born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This birth is the fourth for
 mom, Kendi, a 13-year-old white rhino, who was the first rhino born at the Florida park.

1921:
Animator and director Kenneth David "Ken" Walker is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He worked for Disney from 1940–42 and 1945–52, on such features as Fantasia and Alice in Wonderland. (Walker 
also worked for many other notable companies, such as Columbia Pictures and Hanna-Barbera.)
Star Wars Weekends is a festival generally held annually at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park of the Walt Disney World Resort. Included with
park admission, the event typically occurs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for four consecutive weekends in May and June and features appearances
by cast and crew members from Disney's Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. 
May 4

May 4 is Star Wars Day
"May the Fourth Be With You"