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Historical Events

Events 1 - 81 of 81

1917-06-08 - Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
1920-01-29 - Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week
1922-05-23 - Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films
1923-10-16 - Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded
1926-02-08 - Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios
1928-07-29 - Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" is released
Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney 1928-11-18 - Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse appears in NY in "Steamboat Willie"
1932-05-25 - Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
1932-11-15 - Walt Disney Art School created
1933-05-27 - Walt Disney's "3 Little Pigs" released
1940-02-07 - Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (NYC)
1940-02-23 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
1940-11-10 - Walt Disney begins serving as an informer for the Los Angeles office of the FBI; his job is to report back information on Hollywood subversives.
1940-11-13 - Walt Disney's "Fantasia" released
1941-10-23 - Walt Disney's "Dumbo" released
1942-06-14 - Walt Disney's "Bambi" animated movie is released Thumper's 1st job
1945-02-03 - Walt Disney's "3 Caballeros" released
1946-11-12 - Walt Disney's "Song Of South" released
1950-02-15 - Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released
1951-07-28 - Walt Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" released
1953-02-05 - "Peter Pan" by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC
1954-01-26 - Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
1954-04-02 - Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced [see Jan 26]
1954-07-17 - Construction begins on Disneyland. . .
1954-10-26 - Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC
1954-10-27 - Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland," premieres on ABC
1955-06-23 - Walt Disney's "Lady & the Tramp" released
1955-07-16 - "Golden Horseshoe Revue" 1st of 50,000+ performances, Disneyland
1955-07-17 - Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California.
1959-01-29 - Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" released
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 1959-09-19 - Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
1961-01-25 - Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released
1961-07-04 - Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
1961-09-28 - Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
1963-12-25 - Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
1964-08-29 - Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" released
1964-09-14 - Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House
1965-11-16 - Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
1967-10-18 - Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released
1969-05-27 - Walt Disney World construction begins
1970-12-24 - Walt Disney's "Aristocats" is released
1971-10-01 - Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opens
1971-10-04 - Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
1971-10-07 - Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida
1971-10-25 - Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World
1971-11-29 - 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World
1971-12-18 - 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
1973-04-15 - Walt Disney Story opens
1973-12-15 - Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
1973-12-15 - Pirates of Caribbean ride opens at Disneyland
1975-01-15 - Space Mountain opens (Disneyland)
1975-03-22 - Walt Disney World Shopping Village opens
1976-03-02 - Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest
1977-06-11 - Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
1977-06-22 - Walt Disney's "Rescuers" released
1979-10-22 - Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
1980-07-09 - Walt Disney's "Fox & The Hound" released
1980-12-30 - "Wonderful World of Disney," last performance on NBC-TV
1981-03-07 - 1st homicide at Disneyland, 18 year old is stabbed to death
1983-04-15 - Tokyo Disneyland opens
1983-12-25 - 1st live telecast of Christmas Parade at the EPCOT Centre, Disney World Florida
1984-06-09 - Donald Duck's 50th birthday celebrated at Disneyland
1985-09-20 - Walt Disney World's 200-millionth guest
1986-01-15 - Living Seas opens (Disneyland)
1986-03-27 - Disney-MGM Studio Tour ground breaking
1989-05-01 - 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to public
1991-03-20 - Court awards Peggy Lee $3 million in suit against Disney
1992-04-11 - Euro-Disney opens near Paris
1992-04-12 - Euro Disney opens in Marne-la-Vallee France
1993-03-01 - New expansion NHL team, owned by Disney, is named the Mighty Ducks
1993-03-12 - Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM/101.7 is bought by Disney
1993-08-02 - Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420
1994-06-15 - Disney's "Lion King" opens in theaters with $42 million
1996-11-25 - After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends
1997-10-19 - David Duval wins Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Golf Classic
1997-11-14 - Disney's "Lion King" sets Broadway record of $2,700,000 daily sale
1998-01-18 - ABL All-Star Game at Disney complex in Orlando
1998-04-22 - Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.
2005-09-12 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
2012-03-20 - Disney movie John Carter records one of the largest losses in cinema history with a $200 million dollar write down
2012-10-30 - Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 15

1893-06-24 - Roy O. Disney, a founder of the Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)
1899-02-15 - Lillian Disney, Mrs Walt Disney
1901-12-05 - Walter Elias disney, Chicago, animator (Mickey Mouse), (d. 1966)
1930-01-10 - Roy Edward Disney, American film executive and CEO of Disney
1942-03-07 - Michael Eisner, Mt Kisko NY, CEO (Walt Disney)
1946-12-14 - Michael Ovitz, president (Walt Disney Co)
1949-07-22 - Alan Menken, New York, Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars)
Disney Composer Alan MenkenDisney Composer Alan Menken (1949-07-22) 1954-12-11 - Bradley Dub Bryant, Amarillo TX, PGA golfer (1995 Walt Disney)
1956-04-18 - David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
1957-01-30 - William Payne Stewart, Springfield Missouri, PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)
1958-04-28 - Hal Evan Sutton, Shreveport LA, PGA golfer (1982 Walt Disney)
1960-11-02 - Robert Harold Lohr, Cincinnati OH, PGA golfer (1988 Walt Disney)
1964-02-20 - Jeffrey Allan Maggert, Columbia MO, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney)
1964-04-04 - Gregory Thomas Kraft, Detroit MI, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd)
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Payne StewartGolfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Payne Stewart (1957-01-30) 1978-09-19 - Nigel Mitchell, Quizmania and Capital Disney presenter

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (1925-07-13) 1925-07-13 - Film producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney (23) weds Lillian Bounds (26) at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, Idaho
2006-07-23 - "The Young and The Restless" actor John Enos (44) weds Disney executive Jennie Lee on the patio of Hollywood hotspot The Cabana Club
2012-07-26 - NBA guard Rafer Alston (36) weds "Basketball Wives" star Ashley Walker at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 10 of 10

Animator Walt DisneyAnimator Walt Disney (1966-12-15) 1966-12-15 - Walt Disney, animator, dies at 65, put in suspended animation
1971-12-20 - Roy O Disney, Brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
1992-03-14 - C V Wood Jr, theme park developer (Disneyland), dies of cancer at 71
1994-04-03 - Frank G Wells, US director (Walt Disney), dies at 62
1994-04-08 - Frank Wells, president (Disney), dies in helicopter crash
1994-08-05 - Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
1995-06-16 - Jack Wagner, actor/voice (Disneyland, Walt Disney World), dies
1997-12-15 - Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, dies at 98
2008-04-14 - Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)
2009-12-16 - Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)


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