2005:
Singabration (a song & dance event that includes 750 students performing on the Forecourt of Cinderella's Castle) kicks off at Walt Disney World.

Star Wars filmmaker Geroge Lucas visits the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.

It is reported that the Florida Board of Governors has appointed Walt Disney World Resort President Al Weiss to the University of Central Florida board of trustees. 
1786:
Writer and linguist Wilhelm Carl Grimm is born in Hanau, Germany. He and his 
older brother Jacob were the first to collect, write down and publish such classic folktales as Rapunzel, 
Snow WhiteCinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.
1939:
Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Practical Pig, featuring the
 Three Little Pigs and directed by Dick Rickard, is released. After
 teasing Practical Pig for working on yet another wolf machine (a lie detector device)
 and being warned not to go swimming because the wolf is near, Fiddler and Fifer Pig
 are captured by the Big Bad Wolf, in the disguise of a mermaid!
1940:
Florida-born Frances Langford records the song "When You Wish Upon a 
Star" for Decca Records. The release of Disney's Pinocchio prompts the successful singer-
actress to record her own version of the tune on this day at a session in Los Angeles, California. Eight 
years later Langford's singing voice will be used in the Disney animated feature Melody Time. ("The 
Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts," Langford was a World War II heartthrob beloved by troops for her 
performances as part of Bob Hope's USO tours.)
1950:
Disney's first full-length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
(originally released in the U.S. in 1937) is released in West Germany.
1955:
Steve Jobs, one of the leading figures in the computer industry, is born
in San Francisco, California. A co-founder & CEO of Apple Computer, Jobs bought Lucasfilm's
computer graphics division in the mid-1980s and helped turn it into Pixar Animation Studios. He is credited
as executive producer of the 1995 Disney/Pixar film Toy StoryAs of 2009 Jobs was the Walt Disney
Company's largest individual shareholder and a member of its Board of Directors. When Walt
Disney Co. looked to revamp its troubled retail stores in 2008, Chief Executive Robert A. Iger
sought advice from the company's largest shareholder. A great visionary, Jobs pioneered the
personal-computer industry and changed the way people think about technology.
1956:
The Disney short Chips Ahoy, featuring Donald Duck and Chip 'n' Dale, is released. Chip 'n' 
Dale discover an acorn heaven on an island in the middle of a pond. But unfortunately for Donald Duck, they need his 
ship in a bottle to get there. Directed by Jack Kinney, it is Disney's first short release of 1956.
1957:
The LP record Firehouse Five Plus Two - Firehouse Five Plus Two Goes to Sea
is released on the Good Time Jazz label. The Dixieland group features animators Ward Kimball 
(on trombone) & Frank Thomas (on piano), and Disney songwriter George Bruns (on tuba). The 12 tracks include 
such tunes as "By The Beautiful Sea," "When My Dreamboat Comes Home," and "Red Sails In The Sunset."
1960:
Disney's live-action adventure feature Kidnapped, starring Peter Finch,
Peter O'Toole, and James MacArthur is released. Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance,
young David Balfour (MacArthur) falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart (Finch). The film is based
on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic historical novel Kidnapped - first published in 1886. (This is Disney's second
production based on a novel by Stevenson; Treasure Island being the first.) Coincidentally Robert Stevenson the film's director is a descendant of author Robert Louis Stevenson!
1963:
The TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color airs part 2 of "Banner in the Sky" (a re-edited version of the 1959 feature film Third Man on the Mountain).
1969:
Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is nominated for an Academy Award.
The 41st Academy Awards will be presented April 14.
1975:
Disney's Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too and The Island at the Top of the World
 are both nominated for Academy Awards. Winners will be announced April 8.
1999:
Disney's The Lion King wins Best Musical Show Album at the 41st Annual Grammy
Awards, which are announced at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
2001:
The animated series Disney's House of Mouse airs episode 6 "Timon & Pumbaa."

Chuck Keehne, who founded the wardrobe department at the Walt Disney Studios 
in 1955 and ran it for nearly 25 years, dies at the Motion Picture and Television 
Fund Home in Woodland Hills, California, at the age of 86. Born in 1914, Keehne worked in 
the film business for 15 years before he was hired by Walt Disney to work on Mickey Mouse Club. His Disney 
film credits include Johnny TremainOld YellerThe Shaggy DogPollyannaThe Parent TrapThe Absent-
Minded ProfessorThe Love BugBedknobs and BroomsticksFreaky Friday and Mary Poppins.
2003:
It is reported that baggage searches at Walt Disney World parks (which began
 after September 11, 2001) may continue for a long time. Disney has begun building a permanent bag check area at the Magic Kingdom to take the place of the folding tables now being used.
2004:
Today is the last day for Walt Disney World guests to 
view "75 InspEARations" (a tribute to Mickey Mouse). 
The statues will begin a U.S. tour in May.

The ABC-TV sitcom According to Jim airs part 1 of  "When You Wish To Be A 
Star," an episode filmed aboard the Disney MagicDana‘s first task at the ad agency is to cast the 
perfect TV family for a Disney cruise commercial. But when Cheryl and the kids get the job, Dana‘s boss replaces Jim 
with a handsome actor in the role of "dad!" It is the first time ever an entertainment program has been filmed aboard 
either of the premier Disney Cruise Line ships.
2006:
Comedic actor Don Knotts passes away at age 81 in Beverly Hills, California. Best known to 
fans of TV's The Andy Griffith Show as the loveable but nerdy Deputy Barney Fife, Knotts was a five-time Emmy winner. 
His Disney voice credits include Chicken Little (as Mayor Turkey Lurkey) and 101 Dalmations: The Series (as the dog 
catcher). Knotts also appeared in the Disney live-action features The Apple Dumpling GangThe Apple Dumpling Gang 
Rides AgainNo Deposit, No Return and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Sadly actor Dennis Weaver passes too in Colorado at age 81. Best known for his TV roles in 
Gunsmoke and McCloud, Weaver was the voice of Abner in Disney's 2004 animated feature Home on the Range. He 
also appeared in the Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color  "Gallegher Goes West" serial (which aired on TV in 1966).
1943:
Master Disney animator Vladimir "Bill" Tytla abruptly resigns from the Disney Studios.
Tytla, a supporter of the Animation Guild Strike of 1941, now feels unwelcome at the Studio and ostracized by the
pro-Walt supporters (as do other artists who urged moderation with the strikers). He senses he has been given less
 challenging work and feels Walt no longer trusts him. Tytla's wife's three-year long illness with tuberculosis and a desire to
 live on his Connecticut farm have also led him to resign. Considered by many to be the best character animator working
 during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation, Tytla's credits include Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
 Stromboli in Pinocchio, and Chernabog in the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia. It is a depressing loss for
 the studio and one Tytla will regret for the rest of his life.
1985:
The Disney Clothiers shop opens in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
1951:
Actress Debra Jo Rupp is born in Glendale, California. Best known as Kitty from the hit TV series That '70s Show, her Disney credits include Air Buddies as the voice of Belinda and the animated Teacher's Pet (both feature film & television series) as the voice of Mrs. Helperman.
Actors Dennis Weaver and Clint
 Howard played father and son on
 the 1967 television series Gentle
 Ben. Weaver went on to voice
 the character of Abner in the
 2004 Home on the Range and
 Howard went on to supply the
 voice of Roo for the 1974 Winnie
 the Pooh and Tigger Too.

2008:
Brad Bird accepts the awarded for Best Animated Feature
for the Disney/Pixar Ratatouille at the 80th Academy Awards.
Although it doesn't win, Ratatouille is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best
 Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Disney's live-action Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is edged
 out in two categories - Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects. Composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
 are nominated twice in the Best Original Song category for "Happy Working Song" and "That's How You Know"
 (both from Disney's Enchanted).

After spending several weeks at Walt Disney World, nine sea turtles are
 released back into the Atlantic Ocean this morning. The turtles originally washed up on the
 Brevard County shore in December 2007 during a red tide bloom and needed to be nursed back to health.
1993:
It's a big night for Beauty and the Beast at the 35th Grammy Awards, held at the
 Shrine Auditorium. Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal goes to "Beauty and the Beast,"
 performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. Best Pop Instrumental Performance is awarded to "Beauty and the
 Beast,"  - Richard Kaufman conducting Nurenberg Symphony Orchestra. Best Instrumental Composition Written
 for a Motion Picture or for Television is given to composer Alan Menken for "Beauty and the Beast." Best Song
 Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television is awarded to "Beauty and the Beast," written by Howard
Ashman and Menken.
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Beauty and the Beast wins Grammys
2009:
Disney's Animal Programs team releases a manatee, named Bock, into the warm waters of the St. John’s River. The manatee, rescued as an orphan from the St. John’s River in 2001, arrived at Epcot in 2003 weighing only about 500 pounds. At Epcot, marine mammal experts weaned him from a bottle and began feeding him a diet of romaine lettuce, fruits and other vegetables. Bock now weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is approximately eight years old.
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"Steve Jobs is the closest thing to Walt Disney since Walt Disney." -entrepreneur Mark Sigal
1964:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates Disney's The
 Sword in the Stone for Best Music, Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment.
Oscar night is April 13.
1997:
Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs (CEO of Pixar Animation Studios) 
announce that the Walt Disney Studios and Pixar have agreed to jointly produce 
5 movies over the next ten years.
1959:
Disney throws a retirement party for film director and producer Ben Sharpsteen. First joining the studios in 1929, he quickly became Walt's right-hand man in animated and live-action film production.
Sharpsteen's vast credits include Snow White and the Seven DwarfsPinocchioDumboSeal Island and Water Birds.
2002:
The Travel Channel airs Great Hotels - Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts for the first time. The 30th (and final) episode of the show's first season, Great Hotels is hosted by Samantha Brown.
1977:
Episode 29 of The New Mickey Mouse Club airs. Mouseketeers Kelly and Todd discover the wonderful world of bicycles when they visit an antique bike show, the Los Angeles Police Bicycle Drill Team and an exciting motocross bike race. In Episode Eight, "Instant Army" of the serial "The Mystery of Rustlers' Cave," Patty, Stewie, and Chris discover that Ted, foreman of the Circle B Ranch, is really the boss of the rustling ring! 
2011:
The Animated Feature Symposium, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and 
Sciences, takes place in California just 3 days before the 83rd Annual Academy 
Awards. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich joins fellow animated feature nominees for an on-stage discussion
about their films.

Guests aboard the departing Disney Dream in Florida get a glimpse of the space 
shuttle Discovery as it blasts off from the nearby Kennedy Space Center for its final 
launch. The mission marks Discovery’s last liftoff for NASA’s oldest orbiter.

Disney announces the addition of two eatery locations at the Disneyland Resort;
Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
(both located in the Disneyland Hotel).

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2013:
Brave, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, wins the Oscar for 
Best Animated Feature (beating out Wreck-It Ralph and Frankenweenie). Co-directors and 
writers Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, both wonderfully dressed in Scottish clothing, accept the award.
Paperman, a black-and-white film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs, wins Best 
Short Film Animated.

Rachel Booth etches her name in the Disney record books – again – by winning
Disney’s Princess Half Marathon for the second straight time, beating her own race
record from a year ago. Her latest win, a 13.1-mile journey through Epcot and Magic Kingdom, was achieved 
in 1:17:38 – 33 seconds faster than her then-record time of 1:18:11 in 2012. Booth (from Mandeville, La.) stands
alone as the only woman to win four Disney races: two Princess Half Marathons (2012 and 2013) and two
Disneyland Half Marathons (2010 and 2011).
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2016:
The Reedy Creek Improvement District adds $4 million to the $360 million budget
for improving transportation around Disney Springs. (Reedy Creek is a Disney-controlled
taxing district. Disney is its primary taxpayer.)