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This Day in Disney History

Hi everybody, it is good news that more and more things are opening up and everywhere is returning back to normal. It would be good to get back to having a normal routine without all these restrictions, but saying that does not mean I don’t have my own concerns about walking around with no masks on, especially when their still is so many different variants out there…

Today’s post is about what happened on This Day in Disney History, No matter who you are, young or old, you just can’t help but take Disney to your heart. It just becomes part of all our lives, which starts from a very young age. Eventually, you go on to enjoy it with your own family and get to relive it through your child’s eyes. Over the years they have released some spectacular films and amazing animations for you to enjoy, time and time again.

What Happened in Disney History?

1909:

Ken Darby was born in Hebron, Nebraska and is a man with many talents He was a lyricist, composer, vocal arranger, conductor, and Grammy Award-winner. Ken is best known for his works on Porgy and Bess, The King and I, and Flower Drum Song. Darby worked as a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios. In 1946 he was a choral and vocal director on one of Disney’s classic films the Song of the South and wrote music for some short movies like Casey at the Bat, Once Upon a Wintertime and The Brave Engineer.

1924:

Bernard E. McEveety is an American film and Tv director, he was born in New Rochelle, New York. His Disney film credits include One Little Indian, Napoleon and Samantha (directing Jodie Foster in her debut film), and Disneyland’s Donovan’s Kid. He is more known for his tv work in tv, McEveety directed 31 episodes of the classic series Combat as well as various tv episodes of Air Wolf, Knight Rider, The Incredible Hulk, The Dukes of Hazard, The A-Team and so much more…

1933

Disney’s popular cartoon character Mickey Mouse is in The Mail Pilot, which was directed by David Hand, is released. When Mickey and the mail pilot is entrusted with a chest of money, he must overcome some obstacles as he battle his way through rain, snow, and bandit Pete, who has a plane that is equipped with a harpoon cannon and a machine gun…

1935:

Animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer Burnett “Burny” Mattinson is born in San Francisco, California. His earliest credits go back to the 1955 Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, in which he was an “inbetweener” (It is Someone who draws pictures to fill up the keyframe). Burny has worked as an assistant on One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats and The Jungle Book. He then went on to become a character animator on Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh, as well as a storyboard artist for The Rescuers. Burny also produced and directed The Great Mouse Detective and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. In 1994 Mattinson was awarded the Winsor McCay Award, and in 2008 he was also awarded the Disney Legends Award.

1939:

Born in Brooklyn, New York on this day was Hollywood Actor and producer Harvey Keitel. To his credits, he has Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax films amongst others to his repertoire, which include Sister Act, National Treasure, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

1942:

Disney’s animated feature film Pinocchio is about a wooden boy, who wants to be a real boy was released in Switzerland.

1949:

A Dixieland Jazz band consists of the Firehouse Five Plus Two, which is made up of Disney Studio employees, started recording their very first album. The recording session takes place at Radio Engineers famous Studio B, in Hollywood, California with engineer Lowell Frank at the controls.

1971:

A man with so much flair and unbelievable talent is singer-songwriter Elton John who visited Disneyland for the very first time during his second U.S tour. He is to also perform across the way at the neighbouring Anaheim Convention Centre the following day.

1979:

Walt Disney’s wonderful world of colour aired the episode “Sky Trap,” which was directed by Jerome Courtland. A plane carrying a cargo of illegal narcotics crashes and leads to the disappearance of an infamous drug smuggler called “The Hawk.”

1993:

Debby Ryan is an actress and singer and was born in Huntsville, Alabama, she is best known for her role on Disney Channels Original Series the Suite Life on Deck. She then went onto play a nanny on another Disney Original Series Jessie between 2011-2015. Her other television credits include Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Austin & Ally, and Girl Meets World. Her movie credits include 16 Wishes, The Suite Life Movie, the live-action Muppets Most Wanted and the animated Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings as the voice of Spike.

1997:

London’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast premiered at the Dominion Theatre…

2000:

Original Disney Channel Movie Miracle in Lane Two, featuring Frankie Muniz and Patrick Levis (Who will win the Young Artist Award for his performance), aired

2001:

The Wonderful World of Disney aired one of the world’s most famous and iconic Child Stars of its time. Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story.

2002:

Walt Disney World no longer allows its guests to bring water coolers into the water parks, for security reasons.

2005:

The Herbie VW Volkswagen goes on Tour in the US, to celebrate its 50th anniversary and the release of Herbie: Fully Loaded, it begins at Santa Monica Pier in California and stops over at a dozen states.

2008:

Kerry Butler who is currently the star of Broadways Xanadu releases her debut album called Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust, it features 12 Disney tracks, (Butler has also played the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway). On the same day she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a leading actress in a musical.

Disney press publishes Camp Rock: The Junior Novel by Lucy Ruggles, the novel is based on the Disney Channel movie.

2009:

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival starts off with its newest Disney Pixar 3D movie Up.

Theatre, film and television actor, Frank Aletter passes away aged 83 in California. His Disney films include A Tiger Walks, Now You See Him, Now You Don’t and Run, Cougar, Run.

2010:

Disney and ABC Television Group receives a whopping 59 nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy* Awards, was announced live from New York City.  Among the nominations are 4 for Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb and 4 for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.

2012:

Desperate Housewife’s final episode “Finishing the Hat” aired on ABC. It was promoted as Kiss Them Goodbye; this was the end of season 8 and their final season of the award-winning series.

2021:

Disneyland begins to offer its cast members, who are both furloughed, along with their families, the single-shot Johnson and Johnson or the two-shot Pfizer vaccination (which is due to the current situation of the pandemic). The vaccine clinic is being offered at the Disneyland hotel through May and June.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all next week.

The History of the Eiffel Tower

Hi everyone, Today’s post is about The Eiffel Tower as exactly One hundred and thirty-three years ago today construction had first begun on what is now a main attraction in Paris, it has become one of the most visited attractions Paris as to offer. So how did this fine architect structure come to be?

How The Eiffel Tower Come to Be?

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, not just for being the most romantic place to be, but for what it as to offer with its unique features that defines it, in addition to love, lights, art and croissants it is also renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful architectures. From the enchanting Art Nouveau Entrances to its elegant Gothic Cathedrals, the capital city exhibits its French architecture at its finest, which includes the Eiffel Tower amongst its features.

The unofficial emblem of Paris is the most recognizable, being the Eiffel Tower. There are not many that is aware of its unique history and controversial beginnings. Here I will be telling you the story behind the tower that stands so tall over the city, for over a hundred and thirty years.

The Reason Why the Eiffel Tower was Built?

The company Eiffel et Compagnie is owned by French engineer and architect Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel who had designed and constructed the tower for the Exposition Universelle, or worlds’ fair, in 1889.

Gustav was selected from over 100 entries, he and his company were hired to build it, as they wanted it to act as an entrance to the event, where people all around the world would gather to experience its avant-garde attractions, including events from musical shows, theatrical performances and so that they could show off their inventions and anything to do with any scientific findings.

The Design

The idea for the design of the Eiffel Tower was presented to Gustav Eiffel-by-Eiffel et Compagnie engineers Émile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. They imagined it to be a great pylon, that would consist of four lattice girders which stood apart at the base, and would then come together at the top, and joined together by the metal trusses which would be evenly spaced out.

Gustav had agreed to build upon their vision. Along with his team, he and some top engineers and architects that included Maurice Koechlin, Émile Nouguier, and Stephen Sauvestre, who designed the tower’s signature arches, and imagined it to be three-levels high, a whopping 1,063-foot tower made of wrought iron.

The Architects Maurice Koechlin, Emile Nouguier, Stephen Sauvestre

Eiffel wanted to showcase his engineering skills, by commemorating the French Revolution with his accomplishment, and because the world’s fair would fall one hundred years after its onset. To Eiffel the structure was so much more than its entrance, to him it was “an expression of France’s gratitude.”

The Eiffel Tower Caused Controversy

Even though the design for the fair was given the go ahead, there was some members of the public that was not happy about the design that would stand so tall over the city. Fearing that the line between art and engineering was in danger of blurring the lines, a protest begun featuring composers, artists, writers, architects, and others that were passionate about the untouched beauty of Paris. They filled out a petition (which was named Protestation des artistes contre la tour de Monsieur Eiffel, or “Protest Against the Tower of Mr. Eiffel”). In February 1887, but it was already too late as the construction had already begun on it in January.

The tower opened to the public a few days after the debut of Exposition Universelle in May 1889. Due to the elevators not working until the end of the month, the visitors had to walk all the way up to the top, by climbing its 1,665 steps to the tower. Even though they came across opposition about the tower being constructed, 30,000 people happily made their way up to the top of the tower without using an elevator.

After the Exposition Universelle

The Eiffel Tower was originally intended as a temporary fixture was to be demolished after twenty years. However, in desperation to save it his masterpiece, Eiffel suggested that the tower be used as a radiotelegraph station. His pitch worked, and the tower then became a permanent Parisian fixture, a setting that would become well known across the globe and where people associate the Eiffel Tower as being the epicentre of Paris.

Today, it brings in a staggering 7 million visitors and is one of the most visited paid monument in the world, it remains the tallest building in the City of Lights and continues to captivate the tourists and locals alike with its sky-high silhouette.

32 Facts You May Not Know About the Eiffel Tower

Here are some amazing and interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower.

  • The Eiffel Tower was completed on March 31, 1889. For forty-one years this was the tallest structure in the world, that was until the Chrysler Building was built in 1930 in New York.
  • This is one of the most visited attractions in Paris, welcoming almost seven million visitors a year, with 75% of them being foreigners, making it the most visited monument that you must pay for in the world.
  • Most visitors in percentage are French 10.4%, Italy 8.1%, Spain 8.1%, USA 7.9%, Uk 7.4%, Germany 5.8%, and Brazil 5.5%.
  • It stands tall at 324 metres, which includes its antennas and weighs 10,100 tonnes.
  • During the cold weather the tower shrinks by almost six inches.
  • The Architect and engineer behind the tower was Gustav Eiffel who was also involved in the disastrous attempt by the French Canal in Panama, which damaged his reputation badly because of his failed venture.
  • It is possible to climb all the way up to the top, by climbing its 1,665 steps, but most people would rather take the lift.
  • For eighty-four years the tower was the tallest structure in France, until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973.
  • The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth.
  • The Millau Viaduct completed in 2004, is taller standing at 343 metres.
  • A con artist named Victor Lustig, had sold the tower for scrap metal on two occasions.
  • Since the tower’s first opened, it has had more than 300 million people that have visited the tower.
  • The construction of it took two years, two months’, and five days. Which was 180 years fewer than Notre Dame, Paris’ other great attraction.
  • It costs 19 euros to take the lift to the top of the tower.
  • Gustav Eiffel had also designed the interior elements of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Gustav died while listening to Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
Architect and Metals Expert Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
  • In 1905 a local newspaper organised a stair climbing championship at the tower. M. Forestier won, taking three minutes and 12 seconds to reach the second level.
  • Pierre Labric won a bet that saw him cycle down the stairs of the tower in 1923. He was arrested by police.
  • Repainting the tower requires 60 tonnes of paint, which is done every seven years.
  • The tower appears in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. There is a scene in the Jules Verne restaurant, and a fight in the stairway.
  • There are 80 replicas of the tower scattered around the world, including one is in Las Vegas, Blackpool, England, Sidney, Australia and one at the world theme park in Shenzhen, China.
  • The Eiffel Tower and Margaret Thatcher share the same nickname, La Dame de Fer “The Iron Lady”.
  • A French car manufacturer Citroen had used the tower to place a giant billboard on it between 1925 and 1934. The company’s name was emblazoned on the tower for all to see, using a quarter of a million light bulbs and was put in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s biggest advertisement.
  • In 2008 a woman with a fetish for objects married the Eiffel Tower, changing her name to Erika La Tour Eiffel in honor of her marriage to the tower.
  • The tower comprises of 18,000 metallic parts, joined together by 2.5 million rivets.
  • When the tower reached its 125th anniversary of when it was completed the British Virgin Islands marked the occasion, by a special tower shaped $10 coin.
  • The tower sways around six to seven centimetres (2-3 inches) in the wind.
  • The names of each of the 72 engineers, scientists and mathematicians can all be found engraved on the side of the tower, each one contributed to the structure you now see.
  • Gustav had kept a small apartment on the third floor for entertaining his friends. It is now open to the public.
  • There have been several aviators to have flown their aircraft under the arches of the tower. In 1926 Leon Collet was killed after he tried and failed at attempting it.
  • Have you ever wanted to build your own Eiffel Tower? Well… there is a LEGO set for that: it contains 3,428 bricks.
  • There are 20,00 lightbulbs that are used on the Eiffel Tower to make it shine every night.
The Eiffel Tower shining bright at night.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Stay busy, safe, and well and I shall see you all next week!

The Wright Brothers Day

Hi everyone hope you are all okay. It is not long now until Christmas day, it is almost upon us, only 8 shopping days left, so I hope you have managed to do all your Christmas shopping, as next week will just be horrendous.

Today’s post is about real life brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright also known as the Wright brothers. They were two American Aviation Pioneers who had incredible vision and enormous talent for designing and creating their inventions. They invented the first successful airplane one hundred and seventeen years ago today.

Wilbur and Orville: The Early Years

Orville Wright 4 years and 9 months of age and Wilbur Wright 9 years of age

Wilbur (16 April 1867) and Orville (19 August 1871) were born to parents Milton and Susan Koerner. They belonged to a warm and loving family that would encourage learning, and to always keep on doing. Their family consisted of older brothers Rauchlin and Lorin, and younger sister Katharine.

The Toy Helicopter

Their mother Susan was the daughter of a wagon maker, who made toys for her children and always encouraged their curiosity. Whilst their father Milton was a bishop of the United Brethren Church, which often took him away from home on church business. But he would always keep in contact with his family by writing hundreds of letters home, and would often bring presents from his many trips away, and that gave the children a look at the world beyond their horizon. In 1878, one of the gifts he brought home was a rubber band powered helicopter, the young boys immediately began to build copies of it and would sell them to their friends including handmade kites. Wilbur and Orville always did things together ever since they were small.

The Wright Brothers Helicopter

In 1884, Bishop Wright decided to move his family to Dayton, Ohio, which was the political center of the United Brethren Church. Around the same time, his wife Susan fell ill with tuberculosis. Just out of high school Wilbur put aside going to college, so that he could nurse his sick mother, while Orville started to lose interest in school, instead he learned all he could about the printing business. Their mother Susan Wright’s health declined and died by summer of 1889, and that same year Orville decided to drop out of high school to open his first print shop.

Their Career Path

The Printing Business

In 1890, Wilbur went to join Orville in the printing business, serving as editor for The West Side News, a newspaper that went out weekly to their west Dayton neighborhood. It was a modestly successful business, and to give its residence more, they began a daily, and evening item, in 1891. However, it took a lot of work to keep up with the larger and more established daily newspapers, so after a few months they simply went back to being job printers.

The Bicycle Process
Original Wright Brothers Bicycle

By 1894, the brothers were caught up in the bicycling craze that had swept the nation. They used the money they had got from their printing trade and used it to open their first bicycle shop, at first they just sold and repaired bikes. This soon grew in to a full-time business, and by 1896 they started to build their own brand of bikes. The Wright Cycle Company would soon make a handsome profit. The brothers cared little about money, and by now they were already thinking about trading their wheels for wings.

It was their experiences with bicycles that helped them in their investigation of flight. They would later go on to use their knowledge that they had learned from they’re bicycle business in their airplanes: wheel hubs, chains, ball bearings, sprockets and spoke wire. They would use their experience as cyclist to help with balancing and controlling their aircraft.

The Invention Of The Airplane

In 1896, the newspapers were filled with stories of flying machines. Wilbur and Orville had noticed that these archaic aircraft lacked suitable controls. They would start to wonder how a pilot would balance an airplane in the air just as a biker would balance his bike when cycling on the road. By 1899 The Wright Brothers were so eager to control an aircraft that they devised a simple system plan that twisted or warped the wings of a biplane, which causes it to roll right then left and then restoring it back to level flight. Wilbur and Orville came up with this idea by watching birds in flight. They tested this system by using a kite, then a series of gliders.

Their First Successful Airplane

They made their first test flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on the shores of the Atlantic, it’s a place where the strong winds had helped to launch the gliders and it helped that you had the soft sand to cushion yourself when you crashed. Their first two gliders that had flown in 1900 and 1901 were not provided with enough lift, nor were they fully controllable. So during the winter of 1901 and 1902 the brothers built a wind tunnel and organized many experiments on them to determine the best shape for an airplane to stay up in the air. This empowered them to build a glider with enough lift, and enabled them to concentrate on the problem of control. It wasn’t until towards the end of 1902 flying season, that their third glider became the first fully controllable aircraft, with roll, pinch and yaw controls.

It was during the winter of 1902 and 1903, with the help of their mechanic Charlie Taylor, the Wrights finally got to design and build a  gasoline engine that was light enough to propel an airplane. They also designed the first true airplane propellers and build a new powered aircraft. Back at Kitty Hawk, Wilbur and Orville had found themselves in a race. Samuel P. Langley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, had also built a powered aircraft that was designed after a small unmanned “aerodrome” that he had flown successfully in 1896. To add to their frustrations, the brothers kept being delayed by problems with the propeller shafts as well as the weather, which gave Langley time to check the aircraft twice in late 1903. Both experiments floundered badly, and then Langley left the field to the Wright Brothers. On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first assisted, controlled flights in a powered aircraft.

Orville’s Dedication To His Brother

On 30 May, 1912, Wilbur died aged 45 of typhoid fever, which he had contracted after eating some oysters at a hotel in Boston. Orville is the shyer one and less worldly, was devastated by his brothers’ death that he had made the decision to sell the Wright Company as it was too much to bear without Wilbur being there, and made around $1.5 million in the process. He spent the rest of his life tinkering in his workshop, and hanging out with his family and protecting the Wright family legacy.

By the time of Orville’s’ death on 30 January, 1948 he had seen his brother’s invention transform transportation, culture war forever. And to think all there work that they had created, started by two small boys and one toy helicopter and there self believe in each other.

 The Wright brothers are from a mere minority, that were among the blessed few who could combine mechanical ability with intelligence in roughly equal amounts. The brother’s biographer Fred Howard had once wrote. “One man with this dual gift is exceptional. Two such men whose lives and fortunes are closely linked, can raise this combination of qualities to a point where their combined talents are akin to genius.”

22 Amazing Facts

  • Milton and Susan Wright had seven children, that included a set of twins Otis and Ida, but tragically the twins died. Otis was born first and managed to live for 1 week and 6 days and Ida managed 2 weeks and 4 days.
  • Wilbur was the third child and Orville the sixth
  • A toy piqued their passion from an early age.
  • In 1878, when Wilbur was 11 and Orville 7, their father gave them a helicopter-like toy to share. It was based on an invention by Alphonse Pénaud and was made of paper, bamboo and cork with a rubber band to twirl the motor. The brothers later said this toy was the beginning of an obsession with flying machines.
  • Their genius was genetic as their mother, Sarah, was very mechanically inclined. Her own father was a carriage maker, and she spent a lot of time in his shop. She made her own appliances as well as toys for her children. The Wright brothers consulted their mother’s advice regularly as they designed their own machines.
  • The brothers shared such a close bond…  Even though the Wright brothers weren’t twins, they certainly lived like they were. They worked side by side six days a week, and shared the same residence, meals, and bank account. They also enjoyed mutual interests, like music and cooking. Neither brother ever married. Orville said it was Wilbur’s job, as the older sibling, to get hitched first. Meanwhile, Wilbur said he “had no time for a wife.” In any case, the two became successful businessmen, scoring aviation contracts both domestically and abroad.
  • One of the newspapers they printed, The Tattler, was for the African-American community in Dayton, Ohio.
  • They decided who would fly first with a toss of a coin. Wilbur won the toss, but his first attempt failed. Orville went second and managed to fly for 12 seconds. 
  • They were autodidacts which is a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.
  • When Neil Armstrong went to the moon he paid homage to the Wright brothers by carrying both a swatch of fabric from the 1903 Flyer’s left wing and a piece of its wooden propeller inside his spacesuit.
  • The Wright brothers were proud Midwesterner that spent their formative years in Dayton, Ohio. Later in life, Wilbur said his advice for those seeking success would be to “pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”
  • Neither of the Wright brothers graduated from high school, but they were undoubtedly bright, neither of them ever earned their high school diploma. Wilbur became reclusive after suffering a bad hockey injury, and Orville dropped out of school.
  • They achieved four successful flights with their first airplane design… The Wright brothers started testing various wing designs and spent the next few years perfecting their evolving vision for a heavier-than-air flying machine.
  • On Dec. 17, 1903, the brothers successfully launch the world’s first airplane. The Wright Flyer I. It was made of spruce and had propellers and a specially designed engine cast mainly from lightweight aluminum. It was the first controlled and powered flying machine that could fly with the weight of humans. From this design, the modern airplane was born.
  • The Wright Flyer I cost about $1000 to make.
  • The Wright brothers only flew together once (though both piloted the planes individually); on May 25, 1910, they took a six-minute flight piloted by Orville with Wilbur as his passenger.
  •  On that same day in May, Orville took his 82-year-old father, Milton, on a seven-minute flight. They flew at a height of about 350 feet.
  • The Wright Brothers made life-sized copies of their beloved helicopter toy with the intention of making an aircraft that would hold them both.
  • The press initially ignored the Kitty Hawk flights, despite their monumental achievement, the Dayton Journal didn’t think the Wright brothers’ short flights were important enough to cover. The Virginia Pilot ended up catching wind of the story, however, and they printed an error-ridden account that was picked up by several other papers. Eventually, the Dayton Journal wrote up an official and accurate story.
  • The Wright brothers established the world’s first test flight facilities (which is now known as Wright Patterson Air Force Base) near Dayton, Ohio. 
  • Ohio and North Carolina often battle over which state is truly the “birthplace of aviation.”

Thank you for stopping by, Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you all back here next week!

On This Day in Disney History

Hi everyone, I hope you are all staying well, and keeping safe too… I am one of those people that like to always keep myself busy, that way I can stay alert and sane especially in times like these. You need to make sure that you stay busy and active, not just your body, but your mind too, as like your body, your mind needs exercising, otherwise it will get lazy and sluggish. “An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body” George S. Patton Jnr.

Today’s post is about… On this day in Disney history. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Disney, let’s face it what’s not to love… So I wondered what could have happened in the world of Disney over the years on this day.

What Happened on This Day

1905:

Eleanor Audley, was the actress behind the voices of the evil Maleficent in Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, and Lady Tremaine in the 1950 Cinderella, was born in New York City. (On both films, animator Marc Davis created the characters’ facial features to resemble that of Audley). She also was the original voice of Madame Leota for the Haunted Mansion attraction. (Fans of the 1960s sitcom Green Acres may remember Audley for her role of Eunice, Oliver’s mother).

1906:

Imagineer and Disney Legend William Cottrell is born to English parents in South Bend, Indiana. His Disney credits include Pinocchio, The Reluctant Dragon, and Alice in Wonderland. Cottrell was the first president of what is today known as Walt Disney Imagineering! (He was also the brother-in-law of Lillian and Walt Disney).

“He (Cottrell) was a talented writer and helped shape how we referred to events and attractions at Disneyland. For instance, he encouraged us to quit using the term “ride” and to refer to attractions as an “experience,” which is exactly what they are – an experience.” -Imagineer John Hench

1919:

Character actor Alan Young was born Angus Young, in North Shields, Northumberland, England. He was the voice of Scrooge McDuck (a cartoon character created in 1947 by Carl Barks). For over 30 years. Young’s credits include “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Mickey’s Twice upon a Christmas,” “The House of Mouse,” “Duck-Tales,” and many Disney television shows and video games. Young also appeared in the 1978 -action feature “The Cat From Outer Space” as Dr. Wenger and voiced toy maker Hiram Flaversham for the 1986 “The Great Mouse Detective.” TV fans will always remember him best as Wilbur Post from the classic 1960s sitcom “Mister Ed”. Alan Young passed at age 96 in May 2016.

1932:

Disney’s Silly Symphony cartoon Babes in the Woods was loosely based on the “Hansel and Gretel” story & the nursery rhyme “Babes in the Woods” is released. Directed by Bert Gillett, two lost children chance upon a village of elves but meet an evil spooky witch! Babes in the Woods is the third Silly Symphony produced in color.

1941:

The Disney cartoon Thrifty Pigs (made for the National Film Board of Canada) is delivered.

1959:

Actress Allison Janney, the voice of Peach in Disney/Pixar’s 2003 Finding Nemo, is born in Dayton, Ohio. She also supplied the voice of Charlene Doofenshmirtz on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb. (Janney is best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing).

1961:

The NBC-TV series Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of “The Light in the Forest.”

1962:

Academy Award-winning actress, director & producer Jodie Foster is born in Los Angeles, California. She made her feature film debut in Disney’s 1972 Napoleon and Samantha, playing the role of Samantha. Foster’s other 1970s Disney live-action credits include Candleshoe as Casey, in the original version of Freaky Friday as Annabel Andrews and One Little Indian as Martha. In 2005, she starred in Touchstone’s psychological thriller mystery Flightplan. Foster’s first started acting in commercials at age 3, and her first significant role was in the 1976 film Taxi Driver

1966:

Actor Jason Scott Lee, the voice of David Kawena in Disney’s 2002 Lilo & Stitch, is born in Oahu, Hawaii.

1971:

Walt Disney World’s new Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, located at 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, opens in Florida. Built in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Bay Lake and Disneys’ River Country (a now-defunct water park), Fort Wilderness is designed with a rustic theme.

1978:

A 90-minute television show air’s on The Wonderful World of Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 50th birthday. Guest appearances include Gerald Ford, Billy Graham, Lawrence Welk, Willie Nelson, Gene Kelly, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Edgar Bergen, Jodie Foster, Goldie Hawn, Eva Gabor, Anne Bancroft, Jo Anne Worley, and Johnny Carson.

Animator, writer, director, and producer Daniel Chong was born in Fargo, North Dakota. Beginning his career as a storyboard artist for numerous animation studios including Walt Disney Animation and Pixar, his film credits include Bolt (2008), Cars 2 (2011), and Inside Out (2015) and the television specials Toy Story of Terror! (2013) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014).

1983:

Actor Adam Driver is born in San Diego, California. He gained recognition for playing Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019). 

1987:

Ben Clopton, an artist best known for his work on Walt Disney and Harman-Ising animated cartoons, passes away in Montana. Hired by Walt Disney in February 1927, he began working under animator Ub Iwerks as an in-betweener. His first cartoon was Alice’s Three Bad Eggs, but later assisted Iwerks in drawing the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy. In spring 1927 Clopton left the Disney studio.

1989:

The Parent Trap IV: Hawaiian Honeymoon, the third and last made-for-TV sequel of The Parent Trap, debuts. Hayley Mills reprises her role as both Susan and Sharon.

1990:

Disney World’s Beach Club Resort can be found at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, is now open. This deluxe Disney property takes after a luxurious Victorian Cape Cod Resort and features Stormalong Bay an enormous swimming pool. Also debuting in the hotel is the Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium Shop.

1996:

Disney Online officially launches its Internet Disney Store.

1998:

VH1 airs Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney’s 101 Greatest Musical Moments – a look back at musical moments in the history of Disney animated feature films from the last 75 years.

2000:

The Wonderful World of Disney airs the movie Santa Who? Starring Leslie Nielsen, for the very first time.

The made-for-television fantasy-comedy centres on Santa Claus (Nielsen) developing a case of amnesia right before Christmas. The cast includes Steven Eckholdt, Robyn Lively, Max Morrow, Aron Tager, and Tommy Davidson. Thinking him to be a homeless man, a news reporter named Peter Albright (Eckholdt) gets amnesiac Santa a job as a department store Santa and tries to find his family. Directed by William Dear, Santa Who? is distributed in the U.S. by Buena Vista Television.

This film marks the second of what will be three times where Leslie Nielsen plays Santa Claus. He played Santa in the 1991 film “All I Want for Christmas.” He will later play the jolly old elf in an episode of the 2003 animated TV series “Chilly Beach.”

2004:

Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade returns for the holiday season.

Santa Goofy and Chip ‘n’ Dale visit shoppers at New York City’s World of Disney store.

Comic-actor Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear and the star of The Santa Clause films and the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Walt Disney Pictures releases National Treasure starring Nicholas Cage as a treasure hunter & historian on hot pursuit of a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the American Revolutionary War. Directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the films also stars Jon Voight, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Harvey Keitel, and Christopher Plummer. Cage plays Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist. National Treasure was filmed primarily in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and Utah. Most scenes were filmed on location, with the exceptions of the Independence Hall scene, which was filmed at a replica of Independence Hall at Knott’s Berry Farm.

2005:

The month-long Festival of the Seasons kicks off at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida.

Disney’s stage musical Aida begins previews in Munich, Germany at the Deutsches Theatre. It will officially open November 22.

2007:

The Disney feature Enchanted has its U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. In attendance are members of the cast including Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Earlier in the day, Dempsey and Adams visit MTV’s TRL, shot at MTV Studios in New York City’s Times Square.

2008:

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts breaks ground for its first family destination resort in Hawaii with a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony on its 21-acre oceanfront property, located at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development on the western side of O’ahu. Scheduled to open in 2011, plans include 350 hotel rooms and 480 Disney Vacation Club timeshare villas.

2011:

Disney Cruise Line kicks off its holiday season on this day with the first of three Thanksgiving voyages. All three ships (Magic, Wonder and Dream) will offer traditional Turkey Day activities with feasts and football games broadcast live on the outdoor jumbo screens by the pools. Mickey, Minnie and friends will also appear in their Thanksgiving attire.

Mickey, Minnie and Disney take part in the Festival of Lights parade on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The event, in its 20th year, brings out thousands of parade revellers to Michigan Avenue at Pioneer Court and kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Disney VoluntEARS celebrate National Family Volunteer Day by helping assemble 26,341 food boxes (421 tons of food) at the Orange County Food Bank (in California) for local seniors in need this holiday season.

2012:

Although scheduled for a grand debut on December 6, Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World has a soft opening on this day.

2013:

At a special ceremony in Orlando, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announces the winners of the 20th Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. This year, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts receives three awards:

Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland for Outstanding Achievement.  

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, for Outstanding Achievement – Participatory Character Greeting.
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary at Disneyland park, receives the Thea Classic award.
  • Each of the winning projects will be recognized at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held April 5, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel.

Diane Disney Miller, the elder and only biological daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, passes away at the age of 79 at her home in Napa, California. Miller founded the Walt Disney

Family Museum, which opened in 2009 in San Francisco’s Presidio, as a tribute to her family’s legacy.

 “As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere.” – Disney CEO Robert A. Iger

Snow falls on Hollywood Boulevard as Disney premieres Frozen at the El Capitan Theatre, with guests carrying cups of hot chocolate past lit up pine trees, snow banks and ice sculptures. The animated musical revolves around princess Anna – Disney’s 12th princess, who must team with a mountain man and his sidekick reindeer to find her sister, the Snow Queen, and end an icy spell that has trapped a kingdom in an eternal winter. Frozen will debut November 27.

“Never Land Rescue” a DVD collection of Jake and the Never Land Pirates is released.It includes the episodes “Neverland Rescue” Full Length Adventure, “It’s a Pirate Picnic / The Key to Skull Rock,” “The Golden Twilight Treasure / Rock The Croc!,” “Jake and Sneaky Le Beak / Cubby the Brave,” and “Jake’s Special Delivery / Seahorse Saddle-Up!” Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a musical and interactive children’s animated television series shown on Disney Junior.

2016:

Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. the soundtrack to the 2016 Disney animated film Moana, is released by Walt Disney Records. It features songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i, with lyrics in English, Samoan, Tokelauan, and Tuvalu. The two-disc deluxe edition includes the score, which was composed by Mancina, as well as demos, outtakes and instrumental karaoke tracks. 

2019:

Frozen stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame simultaneously. The unveiling takes place at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Argyle Ave, near the Pantages Theatre.

Disney+ is launched in Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

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