1943:
Academy-award-winning singer-songwriter Randy Newman, whose
music can be heard in such films as Toy StoryJames and the Giant PeachToy
 Story 2A Bug's LifeMonsters, Inc., CarsThe Princess and the Frog, and Toy Story
 3 is born in Los Angeles, California. A professional songwriter since the age of seventeen, Newman
 first became known for his mordant (and often satirical) pop songs. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007.
1968:
Thanksgiving Day
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in New York City. Mickey Mouse, 
Pinocchio, Goofy, and a handful of other Disney characters ride atop a giant birthday 
cake, while a huge Donald Duck balloon floats over the parade route.
2005:
Disney Legend E. Cardon Walker - commonly known as Card Walker - passes away
in the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada at the age of 89. As a top Disney executive, Walker 
played a major role in the early development of Walt Disney World in Florida. (He began his career at Disney as a 
mailroom clerk in 1938!)
1859:
Washington Irving, writer of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, dies
at age 76 in Sunnyside, New York. He will be buried in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at the Old Dutch 
Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Irving's classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, an 1820 short story contained 
in his collection "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent" was re-told 90 years later in Disney's animated 
feature The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is about a timid schoolmaster 
named Ichabod Crane who meets with a headless horseman. (One of Irving's most lasting contributions to American 
culture is in the way Americans perceive and celebrate Christmas. Charles Dickens even credited Irving as an 
influence on his own Christmas writings, including the classic A Christmas Carol.)
1907:
Boston scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer purchases a small rundown movie theater
 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Within a few years, he will own the largest theater chain in New England and 
begin distributing films. In 1917, he will start his own production company, which, through a series of mergers, will
 become part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM. (From 1989 to 2007 Disney's 5th theme park was called Disney-
MGM Studios.) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was the concept of producer Mayer, who
 decided there was a need for such an organization to give status and respect to the motion picture industry.
1927:
Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit black & white short
The Banker's Daughter is released.
1944:
Walt Disney pens a birthday letter to his younger sister Ruth (who will turn 
a year older December 6). He writes of his next feature-length release; The Three Caballeros
Along with his birthday wishes is a check because he "hasn't the slightest idea what to send."
1955:
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Fun With Music Day.
Musical numbers include the Mouseketeers singing Mickey Mouse Mambo and Bob 
Amsberry (the least-known of the three adults) as a palace sentry singing I'm a British Grenadier.
1956:
ABC-TV's Disneyland series airs part 1 of "Treasure Island."
1957:
Thanksgiving Day
Disney's Zorro television series features episode 8 titled "Zorro Rides into Terror."
  1974:
    Thanksgiving Day
The StarJets open for business in Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland.
The new attraction will serve as the central focal point of the futuristic land. The two-passenger
jets can be lowered or raised to a height of 80 feet by guests. (In 1994, as part of the major
redesign of Tomorrowland, the StarJets will be refurbished and renamed the Astro Orbiter.)

The 48th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in New York City.
Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods perform atop Disney World's castle float. The band's song
"Billy Don't Be A Hero" is currently a huge hit. Disney characters taking part in the parade include
The Shaggy Dog, Pluto and Goofy atop Disney's Wagon float, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
and Peter Pan.
1984:
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gwen Grayson of Disney's
 2005 Sky High, is born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
2003:
Holidays Around the World, an Epcot tradition, kicks off for the 2003 season.

The animated special Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time 
premieres on Disney Channel. Featuring the voice of Christy Carlson Romano as Kim, it is the first feature-length animated movie of the Kim Possible series. Kim and Ron Stoppable (voiced by Will Friedle)
start out a new school year, only to find out that Ron's family is moving to Norway ... which puts a strain on
their partnership.
2004:
Walt Disney World hosts the first Mickey's Very
Merry Christmas Party of the 2004 holiday season.
Stormalong Bay, 
Disney World's Beach Club Resort swimming area, 
holds 750,000 gallons of water ... making it possibly the largest 
sand-bottom pool in the world.

"I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories." 
-writer Washington Irving (1824)
2007:
The 75th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in New 
York City and is broadcast on NBC. Singer/actress Ashley Tisdale (best known for her roles on Disney 
Channel's The Suite Life of Zak & Cody and both High School Musical features) is among the performers.

The ninth Family TV Awards, given by the Family Friendly Programming Forum, are presented in Beverly Hills, California. Zac Efron wins the best actor award for his role as teen idol Troy Bolton in Disney's High School Musical 2, which also wins the best movie musical award.
1995:
Walt Disney World Speedway (a one mile long track in Bay Lake, Florida) is 
dedicated. Indy Racing League drivers Arie Luyendyk, Eddie Cheever, Eliseo Salazar, 
Lyn St. James and Davey Hamilton drive a five-car "Flying V" formation amongst 
fireworks. (The track will officially open in January 1996.)
"If I were to die tomorrow, I think they'd say Newman 56, composer of the hit
 song, Short People - jumped off a mountain today." -Randy Newman
2008:
Disney Store locations nationwide usher in the holiday season earlier than
 ever with day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) specials starting as early as
 midnight in more than 100 of its more than 200 stores. In malls across the country,
 most other Disney Store locations kick off Black Friday shopping with 5 a.m. openings.

Disney World officially kicks off the 2008 holiday season.
Epcot presents Holidays Around the World and the first Candlelight
processional of 2008. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
has its season premiere at Disney's Hollywood Studios while Disney's
 Animal Kingdom hosts Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.
1991:
Thanksgiving Day
The Beauty and the Beast stage show The Enchanted Book Shoppe begins performances at Plaza Gardens at Disneyland.
2002:
Thanksgiving Day
A new Kermit the Frog balloon debuts at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. A second version, Kermit first premiered back in the 1977 parade.
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1947:
Disney's Chip 'n Dale short Chip an' Dale, directed by Jack Hannah, is released.
Chip 'n' Dale must defend their house when Donald Duck wants to chop it down for firewood!
2009:
A baby gerenuk (an African antelope) is born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The new calf, named Squirt, is born to mother Sushaunna and father Jingle. She weighs 
about 8 pounds and is about 1 3/4 feet tall. Squirt is the 28th gerenuk born at Walt Disney World!
You've Got a Friend in Me
2010:
Leslie Nielsen, the 84-year-old funnyman, who Roger Ebert
 once referred to as the "Laurence Olivier of spoofs," passes
 away in Florida after suffering complications from pneumonia.
Nielsen starred in The Swamp Fox, a television series produced by Walt Disney that
 ran between 1959-1961. The series encompassed eight episodes, running as part of
 the Disney anthology television series. Although Nielsen's acting career crossed a
 variety of genres in both television and films, his deadpan delivery as a doctor in
 the 1980 Airplane! marked a turning point in his career. He will probably be best
 remembered for his classic comedic roles in The Naked Gun films and Police
 Squad! sitcom. Nielsen's credits also include a guest spot on an episode of The
 Golden Girls (a Touchstone production) and the television movie Santa Who?
 (although not a Disney production but distributed by Disney's Buena Vista
Television) a holiday favorite which often airs on ABC and ABC Family networks.
Nielsen at Disneyland (1961)
1992:
Actor, rapper, songwriter, and dancer Adam Hicks is born in Las Vegas,
 Nevada. His Disney credits include The Shaggy DogDisney 365JonasLemonade Mouth, and
 Zeke and Luther.
2011:
It is reported that a lost Walt Disney cartoon (that pre-dates Mickey Mouse) has
been discovered in a British film archive and will be offered for auction in Los 
Angeles on December 14. Hungry Hobos was one of 26 episodes featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ... 
a character widely considered a prototype to the more famous Mickey Mouse!
1950:
Actress Pamela Hayden is born. First known for providing various voices for the animated 
television show The Simpsons, her Disney credits include Recess and Lloyd in Space.
1999:
The forty-sixth episode of Disney's Recess, "The Dude/Partners in Crime"
 premieres on UPN and in syndication. Joey Lawrence guest stars as the voice of Franklin
 Dudikoff in "The Dude." Joey is the older brother of Andy Lawrence ... the voice of T.J.
1985:
Thanksgiving Day
Disney artist Mel Shaw marries Florence Lounsbery in California. (Shaw's first wife, 
Louise, died in 1984 and Florence is the widow of John Lounsbery, one of Walt's Nine Old Men.) They will
live together for nearly 20 years in a home she designed in Acampo, California.
November 28
2014:
Epcot kicks off the holiday season at Disney World with the
traditional Holidays Around the World. For the 2014 holiday season, new
Holidays Around the World experiences in Mexico, Morocco, and China join returning
favorites such as "Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season," the Canadian Holiday
Voyageurs, and Santa and Mrs. Claus.
2013:
Thanksgiving Day
Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, a 90-minute
Christmas special, airs on ABC-TV.
1935:
Thanksgiving Day
Disney's Mickey Mouse, 
Donald Duck and one of
the 3 Little Pigs appear in this
year's Macy's Thanksgiving
Day Parade in New York City.
This is Mickey's second
appearance and Donald's first.
An annual event since 1924,
Macy's Parade draws one
million spectators on this day!
The "Candlelight Processional," a highlight of the holiday offerings at Epcot,
 returns on this evening as well. Special guest narrator for tonight, as well as tomorrow November 29, is Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid.