2004:
Oscar-winning composer Elmer Bernstein, who wrote the music for Disney's The Black Cauldron (and 250 other films and TV shows including The Magnificent Seven and To Kill a Mockingbird) passes away at age 82.
1922:
Actress Shelley Winters, who appeared in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon as Lena
 Gogan, is born Shirley Schrift in an apartment on Newstead Ave. in St. Louis,
 Missouri. A brassy actress and raconteur who appeared in more than 120 films and twice won the Academy
 Award for supporting performances, Winters is probably most remembered for her roles in A Place in the Sun,
 Alfie, and The Poseidon Adventure.
1930:
The Mickey Mouse cartoon short The Chain Gang is completed. It features
the debut of Pluto (though he is not yet named). The film will be released September 5.
1931:
Disney's 7-minute black & white Mickey Mouse cartoon Blue Rhythm is
 released. Mickey plays an orchestra leader in this take off of popular music man Ted Lewis.
1943:
Actor-comedian-musician Martin Mull is born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the voice of Governor Kevin for the Disney animated television series 'Teamo Supremo. First famous for playing twins Garth Gimble and Barth Gimble in the television nighttime absurdist soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Mull
has appeared on many sitcoms including a 1990 episode of The Golden Girls.
1956:
At Disneyland, Carnation Plaza Gardens opens in the Plaza Hub next to Sleeping
 Beauty Castle. An outdoor bandstand and dining locale, it will become a popular site for "Date Nite at Disneyland," the following year. (In 2012 Carnation Plaza will close to make room for the Fanatsy Faire Stage.)

Emmy Award-winning composer John Cardon Debney, whose music can be heard throughout Disney theme parks and feature films is born in Burbank, California.
His Disney credits include (the live-action) The Jungle BookThe Emperor's New GrooveChicken Little, Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Old Dogs. John is the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney.
1957:
Comedian/actor Denis Leary - the voice of Francis in Disney's 1998 A Bug's Life - is born
in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Leary was the star and co-creator of the television series Rescue Me.)
1986:
Crockett's Tavern opens in Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness. Part of Trail's
 End Restaurant, it is located at the northern end of the campgrounds.
1989:
Disney's live-action film Cheetah, starring Keith Coogan and co-produced by Roy E. Disney, is released.
2002:
The 5th Anniversary Disney Institute Animation Event - Drawn to Be Bad (a 6-day
 event featuring workshops and visiting artist presentations) begins at Disney World.
2006:
        High School Musical (which has been a huge sleeper hit for Disney
 Channel) is performed at a kids' summer camp in the Catskill Mountains for
 the very first time. The world premiere is held at a 300-seat theater near the town of
 Liberty, New York, for proud parents, fellow campers and a few Disney representatives. Stagedoor Manor
 summer camp won the license to mount the premiere because it has a record of working with Disney and
 other producers on ''junior'' versions of musicals (such as Aida) that are licensed to high schools.

Winnie's Hometown Festival, an annual event celebrating the real-life bear who
 inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, kicks off for three days in White River,
 Ontario.

"The Great American Concert: Walt Disney’s Fantasia with Fireworks" is performed
 at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The concert marks only the second time that excerpts from
 Fantasia has been screened with a live orchestral accompaniment.
In 1941, Walt and Lillian Disney
 along with sixteen colleagues spent
 10 weeks visiting several Latin
 American nations to gather story
 material for a series of short films
 with South American themes. The
 result was Saludos Amigos and
The Three Caballeros.

2000:
The Disney Channel Original Movie Quints starring Kimberly J. Brown debuts.

The White River Historical Society and the community of White River hold the 12th Annual Winnie's Hometown Festival in White River, Ontario, Canada. The 3-day festival is a tribute to a black bear cub named Winnie who made an unforgettable contribution to children's literature.
1934:
While on holiday in Hawaii with his wife Lillian, Walt Disney attends a charity 
event - the opening game of the Army's baseball championship series between 
teams from Fort Shafter and Wheeler Field. Prior to the game Walt appears at Honolulu's
Princess theater at 10 a.m., for the regular meeting of one of the many "Mickey Mouse Clubs" that are 
popular with children across the U.S.
1938:
Disney's first full length animated feature Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs is released in Australia.
2008:
Jonas Brothers attend the unveiling of their very own wax figures at Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C.
AUGUST 18
THIS DAY 
MADE IN 
THE USA

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"I do have a deep history with Disney. My father worked for Disney for over 40 years, and he was actually a 
producer for many of their television shows, like "Zorro," "The Mickey Mouse Club," as well as a lot of their Sunday night shows. I really grew up in the Disney family and on that lot! I’ve done a lot of work with them
for films, the theme parks, animated material, and I love working with them!" -John Debney (born This Day)
"I was very lucky. Two weeks after I graduated from CalArts, I got into the copying department at Disney.
They needed a runner, someone who could paste scores, organize scores. One day (veteran Disney composer) Buddy Baker said, 'Hey kid, come in here.'Buddy would give me assignments -- arrange this little French song for musette, write a German polka. ... They were building Epcot and needed a lot of music for different pavilions and rides." -John Debney
1975:
The Platters (with 16 gold records to their credit) begin two weeks of performances at 
Walt Disney World. They will present two shows nightly with dinner seatings at 6:30 and 9:45.


The Chain Gang released
Disneys visit Hawaii
2011:
Disneyland holds a special celebration to remember Wally Boag and Betty Taylor, who both passed away last June. This salute to "The True Legends of the Golden Horseshoe" kicks off with song and dance from the iconic show.
1953:
Jazz fusion/smooth jazz pianist, composer and producer David Benoit is born in 
California. His jazz version of the SpectroMagic theme can be found on Disney's Music From The Park as 
"SpectroMagic Medley."
August 18
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
2013:
The official Disney Infinity launch event is held in Times Square, New York City.
Disney Infinity is for the Xbox 360, the PS3 system, Wii U, Wii and Nintendo 3DS. 
1940:
The Great Walt Disney Festival of Hits begins running at Warner's Playhouse in
Dover, New Jersey. The screening includes Snow White and the Seven DwarfsFerdinand the Bull,
The Three Little PigsThe Ugly Duckling and Donald's Lucky Day. In an effort to raise much needed funds for 
the studio, Snow White is being brought back to theatres for the summer of 1940 after 
having been "retired" just one year earlier. The compilation will run at Warner's Playhouse through August 21.