Disneyland holds a special ceremony commemorating the 100th birthday of 
Walt at 11:30 a.m. in the Plaza Hub at the end of Main Street. Hosted by Disneyland 
Resort President Cynthia Harriss, the program pays homage to Mr. Disney in story and song with special 
appearances by legendary Disney Imagineer John Hench and Academy Award-winning composer Richard 
M. Sherman. 
                2001:
                             Wednesday
                             Disney fans around the world celebrate Walt Disney's 
                             100th birthday!

 Walt Disney's Hometown 100th Birthday Celebration (in
Marceline, Missouri) takes place with a variety of activities. The town's Uptown
 Theatre hosts free showings of the two Disney movies that first premiered in Marceline, "The Great
 Locomotive Chase" and "The Spirit of Mickey." In the early evening, sparkling fruit juice sales begin on Main 
Street USA in front of Ripley Park where the city will toast Disney during a special ceremony.
2005:
Nominations for the 33rd Annual Annie Awards are announced. They include Chicken Little
 (for Best Animated Feature), and Kronk’s New Groove, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch, and Tarzan II (all for
 Best Home Entertainment Production). Winners will be announced in February 2006.

Broadcaster and newsman George Walsh passes away at age 88 in California.
 Known as the voice of TV's Gunsmoke, Walsh was also an interviewer, sports reporter, newscaster and
 announcer for a number of shows. Upon retirement, he worked at Disneyland's Candy Palace and lent his voice to
 two now-retired attractions - Flight to the Moon and Mission to Mars.
1945:
Walt Disney writes his annual birthday letter to his younger sister Ruth (whose
 birthday is December 6). He writes of family and his next feature Make Mine Music. He also describes
 the work being done on "Uncle Remus" and other stories that are being prepared for nearly 5 years ahead (like
 Peter Pan). Enclosed is a gift of a check because he has "no more notion about what I should
send you than I had this time last year."
1949:
Walt Disney pens his annual birthday letter to his sister Ruth. He begins with the 
words "here is your birthday check and I hope you will go out and buy yourself something very special 
with it." Walt describes his family's recent summer trip to Europe and his upcoming release Treasure Island
1951:
Walt writes his traditional birthday letter to sister Ruth. He describes his Christmas
 television show, his current feature Robin Hood, and his newest production Peter Pan. Walt also writes of his two
 daughters Diane and Sharon. He states: "I always tell myself I'm going to buy you something for your birthday, but
 when I get right down to the matter of color, size, and what, I'm bewildered and stuck. So here it is, the check -
 now you go out and buy something that you'll like."
1955:
Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC-TV. Today is Fun With Music Day.
1956:
Big brother Walt writes his sister Ruth her annual birthday letter. He describes
 his strenuous work schedule, his daughter Sharon and her modeling career, and his other daughter
 Diane and her growing family. As usual a check is enclosed for Ruth to spend on "some feminine luxury." 
1965:
Singer-songwriter John Rzeznik (of the Goo-Goo Dolls) is born in Buffalo, New
 York. He composed and performed two songs as the voice of Jim Hawkins for the 2002 Disney animated
 feature Treasure Planet.
1966:
An ill Walt Disney celebrates - what will be his last birthday - in a California hospital.
1971:
The NBC-TV series The Wonderful World of Disney airs 
part 2 of "The Dingaling Lynx Lefty." 
1981:
The television series Walt Disney airs "A Magical Disney Christmas."
1985:
The city of Anaheim salutes Disneyland (on the birthday of Walt Disney) with a
world-record release of one million balloons over the park. The 70,000 pounds of
 helium used is enough to lift 190 people into the air.
1986:
Walt Disney Recognition Day is officially celebrated in the United States. 
1987:
The Disney Channel airs The Christmas Visitor.
1988:
Engineer and logistical planner Joe Potter passes away in Orlando, Florida. One time 
Governor of the Panama Canal Zone, Potter served as vice president for EPCOT Planning and senior vice 
president of Walt Disney World Company. He will be named a Disney Legend in 1996.
1996:
Walt Disney Animation Canada Inc. officially opens at 650 West Georgia Street,
 with a grand opening for the arts, entertainment, film and animation
 communities in Vancouver.
2003:
Roy Disney and Stanley Gold officially launch their SaveDisney website.

The 2003 Teddy Bear & Doll Weekend kicks off at Epcot.

The Disney/Pixar feature Alla Ricerca Di Nemo premiers in Italy.

New York's Museum of Modern Art hosts a lecture about Disney Legend
 Mary Blair by animation filmmaker John Canemaker, author of The Art and Flair
 of Mary BlairThe 2-day presentation also includes a 35mm screening of Disney's Alice in Wonderland
 and a book signing.

Disney Channel debuts the That's So Raven episode "Escape Claus" (Raven's
 first holiday episode). Actor Ernie Sabella (the voice of The Lion King's Pumbaa) guest stars as
 teacher Mr. Petrachelli.
2004:
Singer-songwriter Elton John and composer-conductor John Williams are among
six who receive Kennedy Center Honors for 2004 during a ceremony in 
Washington, D.C. John's Disney credits include The Lion King and Aida and Williams' music can be
heard in the Star Wars park attractions.
The Walt Disney Company inducts the 2001 class of Disney Legends.
2006:
Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest makes its Disney DVD debut.

The Advertising Council, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment, announces the launch of new public service advertisements designed to encourage all Americans 
to wear seat belts. The seat belt education campaign will prominently feature characters from
Disney/Pixar’s Cars.
The life and career of Walt Disney is celebrated with a tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Academy's
Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Participants for the Academy's Centennial Tribute to Walt include his daughter Diane Disney Miller and the three surviving members of Disney's "Nine Old Men."

In Florida, the Sorcerer's Hat, Disney-MGM Studios' main icon, is dedicated to commemorate Walt Disney's 100th birthday during the 100 Years of Magic Press event.
A giant showpiece based on the hat worn by Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer's apprentice in Fantasia, the hat sits on a foundation made from enough concrete to cover a football field. Characters, guests and cast members 
all gather in front of the Sorcerer's Hat to cut a giant 25-by-17-foot cake (made up of 100 sheet cakes) to celebrate
Walt Disney's 100th birthday.
Although opened since September, Michael Eisner helps dedicate the park's newest attraction, 
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
At Disneyland Paris, guests are greeted by 100 Disney characters in
honor of Walt's birthday. A one-day-only fireworks display over the
castle tops off the day of special events.
Some of Walt Disney's 
ancestors - in particular
Arundel Elias Disney -
were from 
Gowran, a village and 
former town in County 
Kilkenny, Ireland. Gowran 
is internationally known 
for its picturesque 
racecourse, 
Gowran Park.

1782:
Martin Van Buren, the eighth United States President, is
 born in Kinderhook, New York. He is the first president to
 be born an American citizen, as his predecessors were born before the
 American Revolution. Visit him and all the U.S. Chief Executives at Disney
 World's The Hall of Presidents.
1991:
Disney's animated feature Beauty and the Beast is released in Cambodia.
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1930:
Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon Pioneer Days is released. While out West, Mickey and 
Minnie are attacked by Indians! Minnie is captured and when Mickey tries to rescue her ... he's captured too. 
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"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." -Martin Van Buren 
1941:
Disney's Donald Duck cartoon Chef Donald, directed by Jack King, is released. When 
Donald decides to try cooking along with a radio show ... he accidentally uses rubber cement to make waffles!
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1943:
Walt Disney receives a birthday greeting (in the form of a letter dated December 5) 
from Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck. Nash has written from Wichita, Kansas, as he is
on the road performing live with a Donald Duck ventriloquist figure in a show that includes duck cartoons. 
(Throughout the 1930s-1940s it was common for Disney to put "Ducky" Nash on tour.)
His letter to Walt includes these words:
You know doubt have had many felicitations on this day—I too would like to add mine—so “Many Happy
Returns of the Day.” Donald and I have been knocking around a lot—it is work, especially the way travel is today. We have been doing pretty well too. In Lawton Okla., they had to turn away about two hundred school children. 
"Hope this finds you feeling better. This is your day and Edna and I send our love not only for today but always." 
-Roy Disney's wire from New York to his brother Walt at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank
1999:
Tickets for Disney's Broadway production of Aida go on sale at the Palace Theatre in 
New York City. (Previews begin February 25, 2000 with an official premiere slated for March 23.)
1901:
Sunday 
Walter Elias Disney is born to Flora and Elias Disney in their 
two-story cottage at 1249 Tripp Avenue in a newly developed 
section of Chicago, Illinois. (In 1909, the address of the house will change 
to 2156 North Tripp Avenue.) The fourth Disney son is named to honor the family's 
pastor and friend Walter Parr, a preacher at St. Paul Congregational Church 
(located one block east and one block north of the Disney house). The pastor, in 
turn, will later name his son Elias, after Walt's father. (The Disney family will move 
to Missouri in April 1906 where Walt and his brothers and sister will grow up on a 
farm in Marceline, but the family will later return to Chicago in 1917.)
"Without Joe Potter there would be no Walt Disney World today." -Dick Nunis (head of all Walt Disney parks and attractions)
"December 5, 1986, marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney. "Uncle Walt,'' as he was affectionately 
known to his moviemaking colleagues in Hollywood, was just that to several generations of American families: a 
warm, generous uncle who sat us on his knee and told and retold us stories of comedy, imagination, and 
adventure. He was a superb animator, a technical wizard, an astute manager and businessman, but above all he 
was a man who never lost touch with his child's heart and sense of wonder." -U.S. President Ronald Reagan
2011:
Nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards are announced by the International
 Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. Cars 2 is nominated for Best Animated Feature while
 both Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are nominated for Best
 Animated Television Production - Preschool. In the Animated Effects in an Animated Production category, Dan
 Lund (for Winnie The Pooh) and Jon Reisch (for Cars 2) are both nominated. Chad Sellers, Rebecca Wilson
 Bresee and Tony Smeed are each nominated for Character Animation in a Television Production for their work
 on Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. NiceWinnie the Pooh picks up two more nominations when Andreas Deja and
 Mark Henn are each chosen for Character Animation in a Feature Production. Award recipients will claim their
 trophies at the 39th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2012 at UCLA's Royce Hall in
 Los Angeles, California.
2012:
Dave Brubeck, a giant of American music who was largely responsible for turning 
modern jazz into pop music, passes away a day short of his 92nd birthday. The famed, 
bespectacled pianist dies of heart failure while on his way to a regular doctor's appointment near his longtime 
home of Wilton, Connecticut. In December 1957 he released the theme album "Dave Digs Disney," a collection of
8 well-known Disney songs, on the Columbia/Legacy label.

Dancing with the Stars professional dancers Chelsie Hightower and Tony Dovolani 
perform a ceremonial "first dance" inside the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the 
New Fantasyland area (which will officially open to guests the following day) of
Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Also taking part in the 2-day opening celebration is
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host Meredith Vieira.

Later in the evening, Disney World debuts a flying, fire-breathing dragon over the
skies of the Magic Kingdom to help celebrate the new Fantasyland. The robotic beast 
appears to fly straight out of fantasy into reality!
December 5
2013:
The new owners of the home on Chicago's Northwest Side where Walt Disney was 
born, join a team of preservationists and celebrators at the home to launch a 
Kickstarter campaign with hopes of raising $500,000 to fund renovations.
The team wants to bring the home to landmark status.