Actress Shelley Winters passes away in Beverly Hills, California.
A two-time Oscar winner, she appeared in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon.
Author and mathematician Lewis Carroll, best remembered for his Alice
books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass
(1871) dies suddenly of violent pneumonia. He was just 2 weeks away from turning 66
years old. (His work will have a lasting impression on many - including Walt Disney.)
Actor Guy Williams is born Armand Joseph Catalano in New
York City. He will go on to be the star of Disney's Zorro TV
series (as well as the classic 60s sci-fi series Lost In Space).
Disney's Pluto short Pueblo Pluto, directed by Charles Nichols, is released.
The NBC-TV series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
airs part 2 of "The Silver Skates."
The Wonderful World of Disney airs part 2 of "Donovan's Kid,"
starring Darren McGavin, Mickey Rooney and Shelley Fabares.
Epcot's Person of the Century attraction is launched at CommuniCore West.
The first of two four story dolphins are placed atop the Walt Disney World
Dolphin Resort. Still under construction, the hotel will open in June.
Starting today, Disney Auctions offers Disney Parks and Resorts One-of-a-Kind Collector Pins. As part of the 15-month Millennium Celebration at Disney World, guests were
introduced to pin trading & collecting. While the pins are no longer available at the parks, collectors can
now bid for one-of-a-kind collectors' pins at Disney Auctions (www.ebay.disney.com). For the first time ever
online, Disney offers retired pins and one-of-a-kind prototype pins.
Disney releases 4 classic live-action films on video & DVD:
The Absent-Minded Professor, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The
Moon-Spinners, and The Horse In The Gray Flannel Suit.
Actor and author Tom Tryon is born in Hartford, Connecticut. Disney fans will know him
as the TV cowboy Texas John Slaughter (shown on the Wonderful World of Disney from 1958-1961). Tryon
also starred in Disney's 1962 live-action comedy Moon Pilot.
Also born, is stage, film and television actor Frank Aletter in Queens, New York.
His Disney credits include A Tiger Walks, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, and Run, Cougar, Run.
The Donald Duck short No Hunting, directed by Jack Hannah, is released.
Disney's first short of the new year, it will be nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons).
The NFFC (the club for Disneyana enthusiasts) host the World's Largest
Strictly Disneyana Show & Sale at the Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel in
Garden Grove, California.
Emmy-winning composer Harvey Cohen passes away at age 55 in Los
Angeles. He orchestrated music for Disney's live-action 2006 feature The
Shaggy Dog, and composed music for both the 1998 Belle's Magical
World and the 1994 TV series Aladdin.
Between 1940 and 1941, the
Gillette Safety Razor Company
issued paper masks of characters
from Disney's Pinocchio as part of
a special promotion.
The novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (in French, Notre-Dame de Paris) by French
author Victor Hugo is first published. Set in 1482 Paris, the story centers on Quasimodo, a deformed
hunchback who is the bell-ringer of Note Dame. The novel will become enormously popular and be adapted to the
screen a number of times. Hugo's novel will inspire the 1996 Disney animated musical feature
The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Disney Channel Original Movie Now You See It... debuts. Starring Alyson Michalka (of Aly & AJ), Johnny Pacar, and Frank Langella, the movie features a cover version of of the song "Do You Believe in Magic" performed by Aly & AJ.
Starting on this day (and continuing through the next 10 days) Imagineers field test a wireless device at Disney World known as the Disney Magic Connection. The hand-held
unit has the potential to inform guests in real time what the current wait time is at a specific attraction! It will also let
a visitor know whether there are any FastPasses left for a particular attraction ... and when they will be available.
Sixty families will be randomly chosen each day at the Magic Kingdom to participate in the program.
"Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters." -author Victor Hugo
"I did a stage play and Walt Disney sent the head of talent for Disney Studios to see this play. I had no idea he
was in the audience. I guess there were about ten girls in the cast, but a card was sent backstage with a man's name on it and
asked me to please call him at the studio. So, I called him and he asked me if I had an agent and I said, 'No', and he said, 'Well you'd
better get one because we'd like to test you for Zorro'." -Guy Williams
Costa Rica greets Mickey and Minnie Mouse aboard the Disney cruise ship the
Disney Wonder. It is the very first time a Disney cruise ship has docked in Costa Rica. The Disney Wonder
and its 1,800 passengers embarked from Florida and made several stops before coming to visit Costa Rica’s
nature parks and reserves. The Disney Wonder is in the midst of a 15-night Panama Canal Westbound Cruise
that will end in Los Angeles (its new home for the next few years).
Winter Wonderland begins at Epcot. A Limited Time Magic event, guests can experience falling snow
and meet Disney characters at the Canada Pavilion, through January 20.
This Day in Disney History - THE FIRST - THE ORIGINAL
Traveling in time since 1999!
Walt Disney Pictures releases the family adventure film Iron Will.
Needing money for college and to save the family farm in South Dakota, Will Stoneman (played by
Mackenzie Astin) decides to travel to Winnipeg, Canada to take part in a dog-sled race from Winnipeg to
Saint Paul, Minnesota. With the aid of Ned Dodd (August Schellenberg), the young man prepares both
physically and mentally for the harsh weather and terrain throughout the race. During the race, Will
becomes popular with the newspaper media as reporter Harry Kingsley (Kevin Spacey) tells about Will's
strong courage in what he must do.
The day after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Radio City Music Hall debut,
the New York Times publishes a review by Frank S. Nugent of Disney's first animated movie. Page 21 contains a drawing of Dopey and these words:
"Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney's
long-awaited feature-length cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale, "Show White and the Seven Dwarfs" had its local
premiere at the Radio City Music Hall. Let your fears be quieted at once: Mr. Disney and his amazing technical
crew have outdone themselves..."
Disney rolls out a high tech Fast Pass+ at the Magic Kingdom in Florida.
Fast Pass+ allows reservations on up to 3 rides a day at the popular Disney World park. Guests who stay
on property can reserve rides 2 months or even longer in advance. Disney hopes this will end the mad race to
Fast Pass machines when the park opens. There are plans to add it to other parks in the coming weeks.
Actor, director, and producer Jason Bateman is born in Rye, New York.
He is the voice of Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde, the red fox con artist, in Disney's 2016 animated Zootopia.