Pat Buttram, the voice behind many Disney animated characters - including
Chief in the 1981 release The Fox and the Hound and Luke in the 1977 release
The Rescuers, is born in Addison, Alabama. His Disney voice credits also include
The Aristocats (as Napoleon), Robin Hood (as Sherriff of Nottingham), Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(as a toon bullet) and A Goofy Movie (as Possum Park Emcee, his final role). Fans of the 1960s
television sitcom Green Acres will recognize Buttram as Mr. Haney!
Mouseketeer & dancer Nancy Abbate - who appeared on TV's Mickey Mouse Club
for the first season - is born in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Broggie, a nationally-recognized authority on the life and legacy of Walt
Disney and the son of Roger Broggie (Disney's original Imagineer) is born in
California. At age 12, Michael test-drove the miniature Autopia cars and accompanied Walt Disney in the initial
run of the Disneyland Railroad's steam trains a month before Disneyland opened! Broggie's first job with Disney
was in 1960, as an attractions Cast Member at Disneyland on the Autopia and Mine Train during summer seasons
while attending college. After completing his undergraduate education, he joined the Walt Disney Studios in
Burbank as a publicity writer in the motion picture marketing department. Today he is an author and public speaker,
who tours the country lecturing on his first-person experiences with Walt and many of the Disney Legends. With his
Actress Jennifer Darling is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her Disney voice credits include
Brother Bear, Treasure Planet, Lilo & Stitch, Monsters Inc., The Emperor's New Groove, A Bug's Life, Aladdin and
Beauty and the Beast. Although famous for her voice credits, she is probably best known for her TV role of Peggy
Callahan, the secretary to Oscar Goldman on both the series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.
Disney's live-action adventure film Johnny Tremain is released
along with the short The Wetback Hound.
About a young silversmith's apprentice in colonial Boston who is drawn into the American Revolutionary War, Johnny Tremain stars Hal Stalmaster (as Johnny) and Luana Patten, and features a cameo by Walt's daughter Sharon.
Produced by Larry Lansburgh, the 20-minute The Wetback Hound tells the story of a hunting-dog name Paco who is too easily distracted by other animals whenever he goes out on a hunt. Narrated by Rex Allen, it will later be expanded to 48 minutes for its first television airing in 1959.
Freedomland U.S.A., a themed amusement park in New York City, opens its doors. Built in the shape of the United States, the 205-acre park's main theme is American history. It is conceived by Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood, a young Texan, who had previously worked in the planning, construction and management of Disneyland. This same evening, TV's The Ed Sullivan Show presents a promotional tour of the park and refers to it as Disneyland's equal on the East Coast. (The park will only remain in business for 4 years.)
After 5 seasons on television, The Twilight Zone airs its last
episode,"The Bewitchin' Pool." Rod Serling's popular series will
later be the inspiration for Disney's The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction!
Actor Sean Marshall, better known as Pete in Disney's 1977 Pete's Dragon, is born in Canoga Park, California. He was the first person to play Pete for Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!
Legendary comedian and actor Ed Wynn, who appeared in such Disney
live-action classics as Mary Poppins, Those Calloways, Son of Flubber, and
That Darn Cat! passes away in Beverly Hills, California at age 79. First starting out in
vaudeville in 1903, Wynn was known for his silly costumes and props and for the giggly, wavering voice he
developed for the 1921 musical review, The Perfect Fool. Disney fans known Wynn best as the voice of the Mad
Hatter in the 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland. His last movie, released in 1967, was Disney's The Gnome-
Mobile in which he played the character Rufus. (In 1959, Wynn appeared on Rod Serling's TV series The Twilight
Zone in the episode "One for the Angels". Serling, a longtime admirer, wrote the episode especially for him!)
A bronze statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, called the Partners Statue, is
installed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Word. It is identical to the statue
created by artist/sculptor Blaine Gibson first installed at Disneyland back in November 1993.
Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame has its world premiere at the Superdome in New Orleans, utilizing six enormous screens, and a parade through the French Quarter.
In Florida, DisneyQuest opens in the West End area of Downtown Disney. Packed with 4 floors of high-tech, interactive virtual adventures, it is the first in a national chain of interactive entertainment centers. Housed in a five-story, windowless building, guests enter the first-floor lobby and are transported via a "magic" elevator to the third floor atrium to begin their visit.
Disney's 36th animated feature Mulan (featuring the
singing voices of Lea Salonga and Donny Osmond)
opens nationwide in the United States and Canada.
Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, young Fa Mulan must save
her father from death in the army by secretly going in his place and
becoming one of China's greatest heroes in the process. It is the first
film primarily produced at Walt Disney Feature Animations Florida,
Disney's state-of-the-art animation studio at Disney-MGM. (The film will earn an amazing 10 Annie Awards.) Disney's Mulan Parade also premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida on this same day.
The Travel Channel's Great Hotels series - hosted by Samantha
Voting begins for Discovery Channel's Greatest American. Among the top 25
nominees is Walt Disney. (Disney will be voted in at #13 ... between Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein!)
Walt Disney, excited by the
new technology already in use
at Disneyland, approached Las
Vegas officials in 1960 with the
idea of running a monorail down the strip. He was turned down.
(In 1995 a monorail mass transit
system opened on the Las
A fourth locomotive (purchased in New Jersey for $2,000) arrives at Disney's backlot. It is to be rebuilt and put into service at Disneyland.
The Disney Channel Premiere Film Not Quite Human, featuring Alan Thicke, Robyn Lively, and Jay Underwood, debuts. It is based on a series of young adult novels by Seth McEvoy about a scientist who creates an android son.
Disneyland Grad Nite '87 takes place on this evening. Entertainment includes Wang Chung, Ready For The World, Glass Tiger, Bobby Brown, Nancy Martinez, and Krash.
"Walt had more confidence in us as artists than we had in ourselves. I’m a sculptor now, but I used to be an animator, and I loved it. I didn’t want to leave animation and go work in the theme parks. But Walt saw me as a sculptor and he sold me on it. He made me believe I could do it. He gave us the confidence to do things we never imagined were possible." -Disney Legend Blaine Gibson
This time, the princess saves the prince.
DisneyQuest opens in Florida
Touchstone Pictures releases the comedy feature The Proposal starring
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry
her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.
Mulan voice cast:
Ming-Na as Fa Mulan
Eddie Murphy as Mushu
B. D. Wong as Captain Li Shang
Harvey Fierstein as Yao
June Foray as Grandmother Fa
Pat Morita as The Emperor of China
George Takei as First Ancestor
The special Rocketeer: Excitement in the Air, a behind-the-scenes look at
the upcoming feature film The Rocketeer (which hits theaters June 21) airs
on Disney Channel, the same day the film premieres at the El Capitan Theater in
Winners of the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards are announced
live on CBS from the Las Vegas Hilton. Hosted by Wayne Brady, Disney/ABC scores 14 Daytime
Disneyland Grad Nite 1969 takes place at the Anaheim park.
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