April 2, 1899
Disney Legend, film pioneer and engineering wiz Bill Garity is born in
Brooklyn, New York. He will help put sound into "Steamboat Willie,"
perfect the multiplane camera - a device used to give depth to animation -
and co-invent Fantasound.
April 3, 1952
Walt Disney submits a sketch of "Fairy Land" to California's Recreation
and Parks Commissions.
April 3, 1961
Comedian turned movie star Eddie Murphy, whose Disney credits include "The
Haunted Mansion" and "Mulan," is born in Brooklyn, New York.
April 5, 1965
At the 37th Academy Awards®, Julie Andrews wins a Best Actress Oscar® for
her role in the Disney film "Mary Poppins." The film also wins Academy
Awards® for Best Song "Chim Chim Cher-ee," Musical Score, Film Editing,
and Special Visual Effects.
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April 9, 1954
Actor Dennis Quaid, the star of Disney's 2002 live-action release "The Rookie'
and the 1998 remake of Disney's "The Parent Trap," is born in Houston, Texas.
April 9, 2002
The City of Los Angeles declares the El Capitan Entertainment Centre (now owned
by Disney) to be an historic landmark. The El Capitan Theatre debuted on May 3,
1926, as "Hollywood's First Home of Spoken Drama."
April 10, 1927
Walt delivers the first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Poor Papa, to Charles
Mintz in New York. The reviewers are unimpressed, complaining that the rabbit is
old, sloppy, and fat.
April 10, 1988
Disneyland's America Sings closes in Tomorrowland. The 24-minute production
included more than 100 characters and had been in operation since June 1974.
Classy Creature Greeting Cards!
April 12, 1992
The Euro Disney Resort, featuring the Euro Disneyland Park, opens in France. It
will later be renamed Disneyland Paris.
April 15, 1930
The first issue of the "Official Bulletin of the Mickey Mouse Club" is
published. It contains stories on different Clubs around the country, contest
ideas, and advertisements for merchandise featuring Mickey.
April 17, 1987
Disneyland's Mark V monorails debut in Tomorrowland.
April 19, 1996
Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and '60s teen idol Frankie Avalon make a
special appearance in an afternoon parade at Disneyland.
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April 22, 2009
"Earth," the first documentary from
Disneynature, debuts in theaters. Inspired by Walt's original
"True-Life Adventures" series, the film follows the journey of three
animal families in their quest for survival.
April 23, 1923
Virginia Davis' parents sign a contract with Laugh-O-gram Films,
giving her 5% of receipts from showing the film Alice's Wonderland
for starring in the film.
April 24, 1989
MMC - also known as "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club" - debuts on
Disney Channel. The cast over the years will include future stars
like singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, actress Keri
Russell, and members of *NSYNC.
April 29, 1957
At Disneyland, the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through attraction
Top Quality Blue Ceylon
Sapphire, Fancy Sapphire, Colombian Emerald, Alexandrite, Burma Ruby, Diamonds
and more... have them mounted in a Custom Setting or Ring!
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