Songwriter Jerry Livingston is born in Denver, Colorado. He co-wrote the Oscar nominated
"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" as well as "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" (for Disney's Cinderella) and "The
Unbirthday Song" (for Disney's Alice in Wonderland) along with Mack David and Al Hoffman. One of the
leading songwriters of American popular music from the Tin Pan Alley and big band years of the 1930s until
the coming of rock 'n roll in the 1960s, Livingston composed the music for such standards as "It's The Talk Of
The Town," "Mairzy Doats," and "The Twelfth of Never." Along with David he also wrote "This Is It!"
(undoubtedly familiar to fans of Bugs Bunny) and the theme song to Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is released on
a 2-disc DVD set and a special edition VHS.
Singer, songwriter & pianist Elton John - the man behind the music for Disney's The
Lion King and Aida - is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England.
Along with lyricist Tim Rice, Elton John wrote the songs for the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, which
became the 3rd highest-grossing animated feature of all time. In 1997 his Lion King music was used in a stage version of the hit animated film. He also composed music for a Disney production of Aida in 1999 (with Rice) for which they
received the Tony Award for Best Original Score at the 54th Tony Awards, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical
Show Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards. John was named a Disney Legend for his numerous outstanding
contributions to Disney's films and theatrical works in October 2006. In his
four-decade career, Elton John has been one of the top dominant forces in rock and popular music.
Disney is awarded 4 Oscars at the 1953 Academy Awards. The Short
Subjects, Cartoon category is won by Disney's Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (the first cartoon distributed by
Buena Vista). Disney's True-Life Adventure Bear Country wins an Oscar for Short Subjects, Two-Reel
(beating out Disney's Ben and Me). The Disney/RKO The Alaskan Eskimo is awarded for
Documentary, Short Subject and The True-Life Adventure The Living Desert wins for Documentary, Feature.
It is the first time one individual has won 4 Oscars in a single year.
Actor and 2004 Disney Legend Matthew Garber is born in London, England.
Although he appeared in The Three Lives of Thomasina (his screen debut at age seven) and The Gnome-Mobile, Disney fans know him best as young Michael Banks in the 1964 Mary Poppins.
The ABC-TV series Walt Disney Presents airs episode 150 - "Elfago Baca: Gus Tomlin is Dead." It is the 10th and final part of the mini-series starring Robert Loggia as a frontier lawyer.
Actress Brenda Strong is born in Portland, Oregon. She is best known for her role as Mary Alice Young on the ABC-TV comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives (2004–2012), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
airs part 3 of "The Prince and the Pauper."
Actress Marcia Cross is born in Marlborough, Massachusetts. In 2004, she starred as role of Bree Van de Kamp in ABC-TV's Desperate Housewives. The show was the breakout hit of the 2004–05 television season, and Cross was nominated for several awards for her role, including an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (winning two with cast). She also received a Satellite Award for her performance in the show's second season. The series ran for eight seasons until it concluded in 2012.
Touchstones Pictures' Dick Tracy walks away with 3 Oscars at the 1990 Academy
Awards (held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles).
Winners include: Best Song - Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man), Art Direction - Set Decoration, and Make-up.
Animator John Lasseter accepts the Academy Award for Special Achievement for
his "inspired leadership of the Disney/Pixar Toy Story Team resulting in the first
feature-length computer animated film."
Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz win Best Song for their "Colors of the Wind,"
from Pocahontas (beating out Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me" from
Toy Story). The Oscar for Original Musical or Comedy Score also goes to Menken &
Schwartz for their work on Disney's Pocahontas (once again beating out Randy
Newman's score for Toy Story).
Although Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow are nominated for their work on Toy
Story, the Oscar for Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen is given to Christopher McQuarrie for his The
Elton John appears on TV's Late Show with David Letterman promoting Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, a concept album containing songs that will be used in next year's Broadway stage version of Aida (a Disney production).
Two-time Academy Award winning producer, director and 1998 Disney Legend Lawrence M. "Larry" Lansburgh passes away at age 89 at his
home in Eagle Point, Oregon. He worked on a number of well-known
Disney productions, including the original Fantasia and Cinderella. In the
1970s, he produced and directed shows for television's The Wonderful
World of Disney from his southern Oregon home.
Richard Fleischer - 2003 Disney Legend & veteran director of Disney's 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - passes away at age 89 in California. The son of animator Max Fleischer, Richard's directing credits include such well-known motion pictures as Fantastic Voyage, Doctor Dolittle, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Soylent Green, and The Jazz Singer.
Mike Peterson, a linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, marries his fiance Chantel at Disney World's Wedding Pavilion in Florida.
Walt Disney World welcomes Don McGrath - the 500 millionth guest to enter a Disney park!
Actress Gloria Blondell passes away at age 70 in California. From 1945-1950, she was the voice of Daisy Duck in a number of Donald Duck cartoons, such as Donald's Crime, Cured Duck, Donald's Double Trouble, Sleepy Time Donald, Donald's Dilemma, and Crazy Over Daisy. Blondell was a popular featured actress during the Golden Age of Radio and later acted on television and in films.
Disney's 2005 live-action feature Sky High premieres on Disney Channel.
The live-action Disney feature The Misadventures of Merlin Jones - starring Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, and Leon Ames - premieres in New York.
Singer-actress Alyson Michalka, of the sister pop group Aly & AJ, is born in Torrance, California. Disney Channel fans know her both as Keely Teslow on the series Phil of the Future and as Taylor Callum in the 2006 Cow Belles.
Disney Channel airs the Phil of the Future episode "Milkin' It" for the first time.
Also debuting is The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode "Maddie Checks In."
The bowling pin icons at Walt
Disney World's Pop Century
Resort tower more than 65 feet high! (A regulation bowling pin
is a mere 15
U.S. President Richard Nixon presents
Lillian Disney with a special
Commemorative Medal (authorized by
Congress) honoring her late husband Walt.
The medal, designed by C. Robert Moore of Walt Disney
Productions and struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, bears
a likeness of Walt Disney on one side and Mickey Mouse on
the other. The presentation takes place in the State Dining
Room at the White House. Among the guests are some 200
third and fourth grade Washington, D.C. area schoolchildren.
"Mrs. Disney, members of the Disney family, ladies and
gentlemen, and all of our younger guests here today. Many
ceremonies are held in this White House, but none that I
think will have more meaning to all of us, young and old, than
this one today, because it is my great privilege to present to
Mrs. Walt Disney, on behalf of the Congress of the United
States, by reason of a joint resolution, and on behalf of all the
people of the United States and, I think, of the world, a gold
medal; a gold medal honoring Walt Disney for his service
through so many years not only to the people of the United
Sates, but to the people of the world." -President Nixon
"I am very grateful to be here, and to see all of you wonderful
children who knew him and loved him, too. I think this is a
wonderful time in our life. Thank you." -Lillian Disney
1954: Disney wins 4 Oscars
The North American National Tour of Mary Poppins officially opens in Chicago
with the two original Broadway stars, Ashley Brown as "Mary Poppins" and
Gavin Lee as "Bert."
A Super Hooper Duper takes place at Disneyland with 1,527 hula-hoopers setting
a new Guinness Record (at the time the largest hula hoop gathering)! The event
is part of the park's "Blast to the Past" - a tribute to the 1950s.
"The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star." -Elton John
A joint press premiere takes place at Disneyland Paris for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril: Backwards! (a refitted version of the attraction) and The Tarzan Encounter (a stage show). Official openings will take place April 1.
Thunder in Paradise, a one-hour action-adventure TV series, debuts in syndication.
Originally premiering as a straight-to-video feature film in 1993, Thunder in Paradise follows the adventures of two
ex-Navy SEALS, Randolph J. "Hurricane" Spencer (played by Hulk Hogan) and Martin "Bru" Brubaker (Chris
Lemmon). They work as mercenaries out of their tropical resort headquarters along Florida's Gulf Coast, using
their futuristic, high-tech boat, nicknamed "Thunder" to fight crime. The show's production company is based out of Disney-MGM Studios with the Grand Floridian Resort being used as its primary filming location. Other filming
locations at Walt Disney World include Disney's Old Key West Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, and EPCOT - used heavily due to the wide variety of futuristic and architectural styles available.
Thunder in Paradise will run for one season.
D2: The Mighty Ducks, a sports comedy-drama film directed by Sam Weisman, is
released by Walt Disney Pictures. The second installment in The Mighty Ducks trilogy, it is a sequel to
the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks. When an international competition for junior league hockey teams is planned,
Coach Gordon Bombay, played by Emilio Estevez, is picked to lead Team U.S.A. He reunites the "Mighty Ducks,"
the teen misfits he once coached to victory. The cast includes Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker, and Joshua Jackson.
So Random!, a sketch comedy series that premiered in June 2011, ends it run
on Disney Channel. The series features the cast of Sonny with a Chance, minus Demi Lovato.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Today is the final day for the United World Soccer store on the West Side of
Disney Springs/Downtown Disney, Florida. In May (just in time for Avengers: Age of
Ultron), the space will re-open as Super Hero Headquarters.
Town Square Meet and Greet with Marie (one of the cats from The Aristocats) is
removed from Walt Disney World.
The Suite Life Movie, a science fiction comedy-drama (based on the pair of Disney
Channel sitcoms The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck),
premieres on Disney Channel. When Cody (Cole Sprouse) receives an opportunity to study at the Gemini
Institute, a high-tech centre which studies dynamics between twins, he and Zack (Dylan Sprouse) find themselves
connected in a way they never have been before. The cast includes Debby Ryan, Matthew Timmons, John Ducey,
Matthew Glave, and Phill Lewis.
Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! reopens at Disney California Adventure as
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
Actress Mandy Moore is presented with the 2,658th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Among her many accomplishments; the voice of Rapunzel for Disney's 2010 animated feature Tangled, the six-minute short film Tangled Ever After, and the Disney Channel television series Tangled: The Series. She is the first voice of a Disney princess to receive a Hollywood star.
The Tokyo Disney Resort 35th Anniversary comes to an end.
Actor, writer, & musician Richard O'Brien is born Richard Timothy Smith in
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Best known for writing the musical stage show The Rocky Horror Show (and playing the role of Riff Raff in the film version), O'Brien voiced the role of Lawrence Fletcher, the title characters' father, in the Disney Channel television series Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015).
Actor Colin Campbell passes away at age 83 in California. Supplying the voice for Mole in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), he also had a small uncredited role in Mary Poppins (1964) as a bank employee.
The 6th Man, the soundtrack album to the 1997 comedy film The 6th Man, is released through Hollywood Records.
Actress, comedian and author Jenny Slate is born in Milton, Massachusetts. She voiced Dawn Bellwether in the 2016 animated feature Zootopia, and Pony Head in episodes of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
Actress Elizabeth Lail is born in Williamson County, Texas. She portrayed Anna in 10 episodes of the ABC fantasy drama series Once Upon a Time.
Model, actress, singer, and television personality Erika Heynatz is born in Port Moresby, Territory of Papua. She portrayed henchwoman Kowalski in Disney's 2003 George of the Jungle 2.
Actor Édgar Ramírez is born in Venezuela. He played Aguirre, a deadly mercenary, in the 2021 Jungle Cruise.