A 230-pound female African elephant calf is born in
Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Disney's 1978 The Cat From Outer Space is released on DVD.
Actor Sebastian Cabot, the narrator of Disney's 1968 Winnie The Pooh and
the Blustery Day, the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, and the 1977
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is born in London England. He also
lent his voice to Disney's The Jungle Book (as Bagheera) and The Sword in the Stone (as Sir Eric).
Cabot was one of many celebrities who took part in Walt Disney World's three-day opening in October
1971. (TV fans will remember him for his role as Mr. French on the 1960s series Family Affair.)
Bill Shirley, the voice of Prince Philip in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, is born in
Indianapolis, Indiana. (Another famous voice role of his was an uncredited role as the singing voice of
Freddy Einsford-Hill - played by Jeremy Brett - in the classic musical My Fair Lady.)
Walt and Roy Disney put down a $400 deposit on a lot at 2719 Hyperion Ave., in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. They plan to build a new animation studio.
(The single-story building will serve as the Disney's base for the next fifteen years.)
Author Kenneth Grahame passes away in England at age 73. His famous story The Wind
in the Willows, featuring his most famous character Mr. Toad, was featured in the 1949 Disney animated film
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
Actress Luana Patten, one of the first two contract players for Disney, is born in Long
Beach, California. At age 8, she made her debut in Disney's 1946 "Song of the South" playing the role of Ginny.
She was chosen from 5,000 applicants for the part! Patten's Disney credits also include "Fun and Fancy Free,"
"Pecos Bill," "Johnny Tremain," "So Dear to My Heart," and "Follow Me, Boys!". She and fellow child actor Bobby
Driscoll accompanied Walt Disney himself to Indianapolis, Columbus, and Cincinnati to promote "So Dear
to My Heart" in January 1949. Sadly she passed at age 57 in 1996.
Actor Geoffrey Rush, who appeared as Captain Hector Barbossa in all 5 of Disney's
Pirates of the Caribbean films, is born in Queensland, Australia. Rush reprised his character's voice
for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney theme parks. His credits also include the voice
of Nigel the pelican for the 2003 animated Finding Nemo. (Rush is one of the few to have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. His vast film credits include such classics as Shine, Shakespeare in Love, and The King's Speech.)
Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the
20th century, passes away in New York City at the age of 69. Armstrong had
recorded an album titled "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way" (produced by Tutti Camarata - who would later become a Disney Legend) in the mid 1960s, and appeared as a guest on the 1962 TV special "Disneyland After Dark." He performed live many times at the Anaheim park with his band as part of the seasonal Dixieland at Disneyland (the first time being in 1961). Years later, his recording of "La Vie en rose" would be used on the soundtrack to WALL-E (2008). A trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz, Armstrong's career spanned five decades.
The cast of TV's The New Mickey Mouse Club performs 4 shows at Disneyland's Space Stage Theatre in Tomorrowland (located next to Space Mountain).
Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry are born in West Germany. They first gained recognition for their starring roles in the sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–1999). The sisters then starred together in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches (2005) and its sequel, Twitches Too (2007).
Disney's Symphonic Fantasy opens at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts in New York City. Performing for two weeks, the show features the American Symphony Orchestra with Disney characters and music.
The World of Disney in New York City host Pirates in the Big Apple,
an event to celebrate the opening of the movie Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Curse.
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations are released. Disney
Channel's High School Musical receives 6 nominations. Winners will be announced August 27.
Country star Travis Tritt performs at Pleasure Island, Florida. The concert will later be released on CD as "Travis Tritt - Live at Pleasure Island '97."
In 1966, trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong was approached by
Walt Disney to record a number
of classic tunes for the Disney Company. Armstrong once said,
is folk music.
I ain't never
heard no horse
sing a song."
"It's never the wrong time to call on Toad. Early or late he's always the same fellow. Always
good-tempered, always glad to see you, always sorry when you go!" -Kenneth Grahame
"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" a 1936 song written by Louis Prima (future voice of
King Louie in Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book) is recorded on this day in a Hollywood studio. The tune is recorded by clarinetist/bandleader Benny Goodman (who will be heard in Disney's 1946 Make
Mine Music). Among Goodman's players is Harry James on trumpet and Gene Krupa on drums. "Sing, Sing, Sing" will become one of the most visible symbols of the swing era and be re-recorded by countless artists. It can be heard in
the opening and closing scenes of Disney's 1997 movie Tower of Terror.
Veteran actor Ned Beatty, the voice of Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3, is born in
Louisville, Kentucky. Appearing in more than 100 films, Beatty is perhaps best-remembered for his roles
in Deliverance, Superman, and Rudy.
Actress Mary MacLeod is born in England. She voiced Nanny in the direct-to-video film,
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003).
"You Didn't Say It's Your Birthday," the 50th episode of Hanna Montana airs on Disney Channel.
Disney Channel airs "Quest for Coolness," the 25th episode of Even Stevens.
Captain EO, a 3-D, 70mm, Sci-fi, fantasy, musical movie attraction
starring Michael Jackson, closes at EPCOT after nearly an 8-year
run. The first Disney park to offer the film, EPCOT is the first to close it down.
Walt and Lillian Disney, their daughters, Sharon and Diane and Lillian's niece,
Marjorie Sewell Bowers, arrive in Southhampton, England aboard the Queen
Elizabeth. They head to the Dorchester Hotel in London as Walt will be working on his new British feature
film, The Sword and the Rose (to be released in July of 1953).
Laverne Andrews, one-third of the popular singing trio
The Andrews Sisters, is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aside
from frequently playing themselves in movies, the sisters sold over 60 million records and lent their singing
voices to Disney's Make Mine Music (1946) and Melody Time (1948). The trio also cut a version of "I've Got No
Strings" (a song first heard in Pinocchio) with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1940.
The following appears in the back pages of the Los Angeles Times:
ACTORS MIX WITH CARTOONS
In Hollywood a young cartoonist by the name of Walt Disney is making a series of twelve animated cartoon productions. Real people are seen acting with pen-and-ink actors. They are known as the "Alice" series and 5-year-old Virginia Davis, de luxe child dancer, has the big part. M.J. Winkler of New York is releasing the comedies.
Disney's new "Phineas and Ferb" interactive game opens at Epcot. Inspired by the
Disney Channel animated series, the game allows Disney World guests to play themed missions around
the Epcot World Showcase.
Actress Allyce Beasley is born in Brooklyn, New York. First known for her role of receptionist
Agnes DiPesto on the ABC television series Moonlighting, her Disney voice credits include Recess, Recess
Christmas: Miracle on Third Street and Lloyd in Space. Beasley was also the announcer for Playhouse Disney (a
television block that aired on Disney Channel for programs aimed at entertaining preschool aged children)
from 2001 to 2007.
"Attention secret agents! Your mission, beginning now, is to join Agent P in Epcot’s World
Showcase to help him thwart the plans of the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz."
Ant-Man and The Wasp, a superhero film based on
the Marvel Comics characters and distributed by
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, is released in
the United States in IMAX and 3D. A sequel to 2015's
Ant-Man, it stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. In the aftermath of
Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the
consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As
he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as
Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with
an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and
learn to fight alongside The Wasp / Hope (Lilly) as the team works
together to uncover secrets from their past. The cast includes
Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Bill
Foster), Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet van Dyne; Hope's mother & Pym's
wife), Walton Goggins (Sonny Burch), and Abby Ryder Fortson
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack), the film score for the Marvel Studios
film, is released digitally as well on this day. The
score has been composed by Christophe Beck.
George Walker Bush, a politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009, is born in New Haven, Connecticut. Serving as honorary grand marshal for Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2006, Bush is immortalized in Disney World's Hall of Presidents attraction.
Actress and model Eva Green is born in Paris, France. She played the role
of French trapeze artist Colette Marchant in Disney's 2019 live-action Dumbo.
Actor Cameron Boyce passes away unexpectedly at age 20 in Los Angeles, California. He starred as Luke Ross in Disney Channel's Jessie and a few episodes of Bunk'd, played the role of Carlos (the son of Cruella de Vil) in all three of Disney's Descendants films, and supplied voices for the animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Actor and film director Jeremy Suarez is born in Burbank, California. His Disney credits include Treasure Planet as the voice of Alien Kid and Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2 as Koda. (Making his debut in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, he went on to portray Jordan, the nephew of Bernie Mac on The Bernie Mac Show.)
Animator, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer Don R. Christensen is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working as a sketch artist for Disney Studios from 1937 until 1941, his credits included Pinocchio (1940) and Dumbo (1941). Leaving Disney after the animators' strike, he later became a writer and illustrator at Western Publishing, where he worked on numerous Dell and Gold Key comic books.
Peter Mansbridge, a Canadian news anchor, is born in London, England. Chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television's flagship nightly newscast, Mansbridge had a voice cameo in the 2016 Walt Disney Animation Studios film Zootopia as Peter Moosebridge, a moose news anchor.
Musician John Jorgenson is born in Madison, Wisconsin. Although best known for his guitar work, he is also proficient on the mandolin, mandocello, Dobro, pedal steel guitar, piano, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. In his early 20s he played full-time at Disneyland, playing a variety of instruments in various groups such as clarinet with the Main Street Maniacs (Dixieland), mandolin with the Thunder Mountain Boys (bluegrass), and guitar with the Rhythm Brothers (Django Reinhardt style swing) and Tomorrowland's Your Kinda People (a top 40 band that also included saxophonist Gerald Albright). Best known as a member of the Desert Rose Band and The Hellecasters, Jorgenson won the Academy of Country Music's "Guitarist of the Year" award three consecutive years. He has recorded or toured with Elton John, The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, Roy Orbison, Patty Loveless, Michael Nesmith, and Bonnie Raitt.