Today in Disney History

Historical Events

  • 1917-06-08 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

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1920-01-29 Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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1959-09-19 Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland

First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 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

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1964-08-29 Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke is released

Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 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 opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • 1971-10-04 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at 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
  • 1973-12-15 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 logs 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
  • 1992-04-12 Euro Disney (Disneyland Paris) 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 animated musical film "The 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

  • 1893-06-24 Roy O. Disney, co-founder of the Walt Disney Company and brother of Walt (d. 1971)
  • 1899-02-15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)

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1901-12-05 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 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)

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1949-07-22 Alan Menken, New York, Disney composer (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast - 8 Oscars)

Disney Composer Alan Menken
Disney Composer
Alan Menken
  • 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)

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1957-01-30 William Payne Stewart, Springfield Missouri, PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney)

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Payne Stewart
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Payne Stewart
  • 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, PGA golfer (1993 Walt Disney-2nd), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1978-09-19 Nigel Mitchell, Quizmania and Capital Disney presenter

Famous Weddings

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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

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 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

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1966-12-15 Walt [Walter] Disney, animator, producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co, dies at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 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 company director (Walt Disney Co.), dies in a helicopter crash at 62
  • 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
  • 1997-12-16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke 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)