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    Today, 4th July....

    1862: A mathematics professor named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson goes rowing with Alice Liddell (the young daughter of a friend) and her sisters Lorina and Edith. He creates a story on the spot to amuse Alice and her sisters. Much of the story he invents is based on a picnic a couple of weeks earlier in which they had been caught in the rain. He will eventually write this story down and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will be published 3 years later on July 4 under Dodgson's pen name - Lewis Carroll.

    1956: Walt Disney and his brother Roy visit Marceline, Missouri - their boyhood home and inspiration for Main Street USA.
    That evening, approximately 6,000 persons from Marceline and surrounding communities gather at the new Walt Disney Municipal Park (located just south of the Marceline Country Club) to witness the dedication of a $78,500 swimming pool.
    “It is particularly thrilling to see this fine swimming pool here because when I was a kid here in Marceline we swam in a cow pasture pond – after we chased the cows out.” -Walt Disney

    1979: The first baby is born at Disneyland, California. Six-pound, 10-ounce Teresa Salcedo is born to Rosa and Elias Salcedo on a bench behind Plaza Inn. Mickey Mouse will later honor the Los Angeles family with a "Disneyland Birth Certificate No.1"!

    1988: "Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular" is broadcast on television.

    1998: Many towns across Florida including Walt Disney World cancel firework celebrations due to risk of setting additional forest fires in that state's worst fire disaster in fifty years.

    1999: Fantasy in the Sky, the nightly fireworks spectacle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, gives way to Red, White & Blue, an 18-minute show boasting patriotic music and more than 900 pyrotechnic devices. "Stereo" fireworks surround guests viewing from the shadows of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and points all around the Seven Seas lagoon. Plus the colorful Main Street Electrical Parade brightens the streets of the Magic Kingdom twice during the evening.

    2000: At Walt Disney World, a giant 1 and a half-ton, 24 by 13 foot cherry cobbler - that resembles the Star-Spangled Banner -is dished out to guests.

    2002: At Walt Disney World, 500 immigrants from 89 countries are sworn in as U.S. citizens.

    2004: A special Fourth of July fireworks show is held at Disney-MGM Studios. (This Florida park normally doesn't host fireworks.)

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    Today, 5th July....

    1988: Epcot's Maelstrom at the Norway Pavilion opens to guests.

    1996: The 500th Disney Store opens - in the Metro Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

    2007: Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announces that the 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down. The structure (up since Disney World's 2000 millennium celebration) leans on Epcot's previous and future iconic figure, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion.

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    Today, 6th July....

    1925: Walt and Roy Disney put down a $400 deposit on a lot at 2719 Hyperion Ave., in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, California. They plan to build a new animation studio. (The single-story building will serve as the Disney's base for the next fifteen years.)

    2004: A 230-pound female African elephant calf is born in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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    Today, 7th July....

    1971:Animator and technical genius Ubbe Ert Iwwerks (also known as Ub Iwerks), who first met Walt Disney in 1919, passes away in Burbank,
    California. He contributed to many of Disney's early Mickey Mouse classics like Plane Crazy, Steamboat Willie, and Gallopin' Gaucho. He also invented the first multiplane camera in 1933, a device that used four layers of flat artwork before a horizontal camera to give animation depth. Iwerks built the device out of parts from an old Chevrolet automobile!

    2006: Disney's newest feature film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens in theaters the same day the attraction Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa (characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean feature films) have been added to the popular attraction. Disney Imagineers have also enhanced the attraction experience with an all-new dynamic digital sound design.

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    Today, 8th July....

    1776: According to tradtion, the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is rung to summon citizens for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Today a replica of the Liberty Bell sits on display in Disney World's Liberty Square. The replica was cast from the mold of the actual Liberty Bell!

    1997: Michael Eisner attends the first preview of Disney's new musical
    The Lion King at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    2002:Academy Award-winning Disney animator/director Ward Kimball passes away of natural causes at Arcadia Methodist Hospital in Arcadia,
    California. He is 88. (A Disney Legend & one of Walt's "Nine Old Men," Kimball first joined the Disney Studios in 1934.)

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    Today, 9th July....

    1998: Walt Disney World auctions off a limousine, 2 costume sewing machines, a sofa from the Empress Lilly riverboat, and a 4-foot tall beer stein. Four times a year since 1985, Walt Disney World has been holding auctions to unload items it no longer wants.

    1999: At Walt Disney World, Discovery Island (an 11-acre zoo whose attendance has been hurt by the 1998 opening of Disney's 500-acre Animal Kingdom) closes 25 years after it opened. The closure of Discovery Island means an end to Disney's second-oldest Central Florida attraction and marks the first time the company has closed one of its ticketed attractions.

    2007: Deconstruction of the 50-ton Mickey Mouse arm and wand, leaning on Epcot's Spaceship Earth, begins. Also coming down are the 36-foot-high "Epcot" letters and colored stars splashing across the sphere.

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    Today, 10th July....

    2007: Disney College Program Cast Member Paul Sherrer (a former U.S. soldier) is honored for saving the life of a 4-year-old guest who had fallen into the marina at the Port Orleans Riverside in Florida. Vice President of Resort Operations and Transportation Kevin Myers presents Paul with a letter from Meg Crofton, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, commending him for his bravery.

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    Today, 11th July....

    1998: Jodi Benson (the voice of Disney's Little Mermaid) appears at Walt Disney World for the first of a 2-day visit. She makes a special appearance in the morning at The Art of Disney (located in Downtown Disney Marketplace) to meet fans and sign "Mermaid" artwork purchased at the shop. In the evening she performs a concert backed by an orchestra at the open-air America Gardens Theater in Epcot's World Showcase. (The scheduled 2nd show of the evening is cancelled due to a thunderstorm.)

    2001: Magic Masters, the nation's largest chain of retail magic emporiums, opens its largest store in Downtown Disney West Side in Florida.

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    Today, 12th July....

    1961: The first draft of a screenplay is completed for a new Disney film titled Mary Poppins.

    2000: The Tonight Show features a skit in which host Jay Leno steals a Disneyland Autopia car, and drives it onto the show with Donald Duck chasing him!

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    Today, 13th July....

    1925: Walt Disney marries Lillian Bounds (one of his first employees) at her brother's home in Lewiston, Idaho.

    1955: Walt and Lillian Disney celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary at the not-yet-open Disneyland. Lillian Disney invites guests to a "Tempus Fugit Celebration," at six o'clock in the evening. As the guests arrive, they are transported down Main Street and into Frontierland via horse-drawn surreys. From there, everyone takes a ride around the Rivers of America aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat while sipping mint juleps. Although they are already engaged, Roy E. Disney (Walt's
    nephew) presents a ring to his fiance Patty. Afterwards guests head to the Golden Horseshoe Saloon for dinner and the very first (although unofficial) performance of a show called the Golden Horseshoe Revue, created by
    Wally Boag, the original Pecos Bill. (The record-breaking stage show will play an amazing 47,250 performances through 1986!)

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