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.)